Custom Curly Haircuts with DevaCut

Normal cutting techniques are not always full-proof when applied to curly hair. It’s a tricky texture that requires a different approach. When conventional cutting techniques are used, It’s probable that you may leave the salon with a cut that is uneven and choppy, resulting in unwanted frizz and hard-to-style damaged curl structure. Pieces and strands stick out here and there, ends feel ripped, and splay out in what we call ‘fish hooks’.

It’s for these reasons that the DevaCut came about. Created by Devachan Salon in New York City, the DevaCut is a haircut service specifically tailored to curly and natural hair types. Here’s what you need to know:

  • No two curls or curly haircuts are the same, and this service focuses on individual curls and coils, cutting each one in a way that best suits its growth pattern and structure.

  • The service is performed on dry hair- this is when your curls are in their most natural state. Cutting curly hair wet changes the natural fall and pattern of your curls, and creates more room for error.

  • The DevaCut is primarily for women who have any kind of curl definition, and prefer to wear their hair in a ‘wash and go’ style. This is important to consider before scheduling the service! If you flat iron your hair or alter the texture in different ways to style, this may not be the service for you.

  • Preparation for the cut is key. Arrive to the salon with your hair down, air-dried, and detangled, with little to not product. This is very important! If you have your hair tied back or up, it affects your curl pattern and the service may not be able to be performed that day.

  • Only exclusive DevaCurl products are used throughout the service. From shampooing to styling, only DevaCurl products and techniques are used to treat and condition your curls. This yields amazing results! It’s for this reason that timing and price are taken into consideration of the service.

What does the process for the DevaCut service look like? We sat down with our stylist Christy, who walked us through what you can expect.

  1. Arrive with your hair dry and down. No product is preferable. This is important because we want to see where and how your curls ‘live’ and lay naturally.

  2. A thorough consultation is vital. This is a time where any and all questions are discussed, what your hair goals are, and what your current haircare routine looks like. Transparency between you and the stylist is equally as important- an honest conversation will get you the best cut.

  3. Time for the haircut! The cut focuses on reshaping and restructuring curls. Reshaping requires a new weight distribution of the each curl, focusing especially on weight distribution around the crown of the head, and where curls may need to be redirected to better distribute weight.

  4. Transition into shampoo and styling with DevaCurl products. After shampoo and conditioning, you’ll sit under the dryer for at least 30 minutes. All home styling is suggested to be done in the shower. No combs or brushes should be used, as detangling and styling with your fingers provides the best style.

  5. It is at this time that you are brought back to the salon chair. Any final touches and tweaks are done curl by curl to ensure that the desired shape is maintained.

Recently, a select few of Citrine stylists attended a DevaCut education course, and are now certified and experienced in performing the signature service. If you are interested in receiving a completely customized and specialty curly hair cut, we now offer the complete service! Call to schedule with stylists Robyn, Dana, Kelly, Heather; Christy or Darian.


Your head of hair is like a garden that needs tending to in order to nurture growth. And just like a garden is impacted by the weather, thinning hair in both men and women may be influenced by internal and external factors like medications, illness, chemicals and aging. If your locks have lost their previous fullness and luster, Oribe’s Serene Scalp Thickening Treatment Spray promises to arrest thinning and pump up your hair’s volume in just 90 days! This powerful treatment has undergone a three-month panel trial and was used daily by men and women after which time more than eight in ten users said their hair both looked and felt significantly thicker, fuller, and healthier. One of the best things about this product is that it is SUPER EASY to apply; just mist it directly onto your scalp with clean damp hair and style as usual! And in addition to thickening your hair, Serene Scalp Thickening Treatment adds density to thinning hair while strengthening it to help reduce hair fall caused by breakage. It’s also safe for color treated and keratin hair. What makes it work? Here are the KEY INGREDIENTS that will lead you to down that healthy garden path toward fuller, thicker, and healthier hair:  

  • CapixylTM: (Biomimetic Peptide combined with Red Clover Extract) fortifies the scalp to promote fuller, thicker, healthier looking hair.

  • Pea Sprout Extract: Rich in phytonutrients, replenishes brittle hair while reducing hair fall.

  • Densifying Polymer: Instantly adds volume, body and density to hair.

  • Biotin & Niacinamide: Penetrate and strengthen the cuticle to help restore elasticity to damaged and weakened hair.

  • Peppermint Oil: Provides a cooling sensation to energize and balance the scalp while promoting a healthy hair environment.

  • Witch Hazel Water & Arnica Flower Extract: Nourish and rejuvenate hair follicles while leaving scalp feeling refreshed.

  • Ivy Leaf & Watercress: Extracts hydrate hair and create a protective barrier around the cuticle to help prevent moisture loss.

  • Sage and White Nettle: Extracts strengthen, condition and revitalize hair while imparting sheer shine.


And what about your scalp? If you think of your head of hair as a garden, your scalp is the earth where you plant the seeds to establish healthy roots However, it’s also important to remember that the surface of your scalp underneath your hair is made up of skin and you should get in the habit of developing a scalp care regime just as you care for the skin on your face and the rest of your body. Exfoliating your scalp on a regular basis encourages cell turnover in order to promote healthy hair follicles, which in turn can improve hair growth in addition to preventing hair loss. Oribe’s Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub removes oil, dead skin, dirt, and product build up from everyday styling. In addition, it restores and rejuvenates your scalp after coloring hair, and encourages an optimal environment for a healthy scalp and hair growth! This powerful scrub gently polishes your scalp with exfoliating beads to remove oil, dirt and product buildup while a blend of alpha hydroxy acids and fruit extracts cleanses and detoxifies pores, and nourishes your hair. After your use it, your scalp is left primed and deeply purified. In addition, your hair will feel softer and hydrated! It’s the perfect compliment to Oribe’s Serene Scalp Thickening Treatment Spray but may also be used alone or in conjunction with Obibe’s other Serene Scalp products. The KEY INGREDIENTS that will promote your scalp’s health when using this product include:

  • Oribe Signature Complex: (Watermelon, Lychee and Edelweiss Flower Extracts) defends hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and the deterioration of natural keratin all while protecting from the drying, damaging and color-depleting effects of the elements.

  • Soft Polymer Beads: Break down as you scrub to gently polish away dead skin, oil, dirt and product buildup.

  • Blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Lemon, Orange, Bilberry, Sugar Cane and Sugar Maple Extracts): Exfoliates and purifies scalp without drying or stripping hair of its natural oils.

  • Soothing Flower Complex (Chamomile, Cornflower, Matricaria, Linden, Marigold and Willowherb Flower Extracts): Deeply hydrate, nourish and calm scalp while reviving damaged hair and protecting against breakage.

  • Peppermint Oil: Provides a cooling sensation to instantly soothe, balance and moisturize the scalp while promoting a healthy hair environment.

  • Glycolic Acid: Gently exfoliates the scalp while conditioning, moisturizing and softening hair to strengthen and improve manageability.

  • Malachite Extract: Known as the sacred stone of Ancient Egypt, helps to detoxify and provide environmental pollution protection for scalp and hair. 

  • Caffeine: Energizes scalp and rejuvenates hair follicles.


Like all products in the Oribe’s Serene Scalp line, including Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Balancing Conditioner, and Soothing Leave-On Treatment, these great new additions are dermatologist-tested formulated without parabens, sulfates or sodium chloride. Vegan, cruelty-free and gluten gluten-free,


OUr fall tips and tricks!


Now that the sunny summer days are coming to an end, it is the perfect time to treat your hair with Oribe’s Signature Moisture Masque and give it that extra needed boost of hydration from the damaging effects of the sun, salt-water, and chlorine. This reparative masque is ultra rich, yet weightless so it won’t leave your hair feeling heavy or weighed down and includes ingredients that you can feel good about!

Key Ingredients:

  • Lychee Extract - defends hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and the deterioration of natural keratin.

  • Watermelon Extract, - from the Kalahari Desert, provides natural protection against oxidative stress and deterioration of natural keratin.

  • Kaempferia Galanga Root - extract found in Southeast Asia, delivers natural UV protection.

  • Keratin and Hydrolyzed Keratin - strengthens damaged hair and protects the surface of the hair shaft. .

  • Amber Extract - delivers antioxidant, conditioning and hair-strengthening properties.

  • Sunflower Seed Extract - includes properties to give you that extra shine.

  • Macadamia Nut Seed Oil - from the Australian rainforest, provides smoothing and antioxidant properties.

  • Wild Mango Butter - increases shine and is a naturally de-tangles.

In addition to treating your hair with Oribe’s Signature Moisture Masque, here are FIVE TIPS to keep your fall hair looking fresh!.

  1. Get a trim! Cutting off damaged, broken, or split ends promotes hair health. Even if you are growing your hair out, trimming the ends will keep it healthy while you wait!

  2. Skip the daily shampoo! If your hair doesn't feel dirty, there's no need to wash it everyday. Skipping a day or two will encourage your scalp to create more natural oils which will ultimately penetrate your hair and leave it feeling more hydrated.

  3. Minimize blow-drying! Take a break from blow-drying your hair as excessive heat can cause your hair to lose moisture. If you can't live without your daily blow-dry, try using a diffuser to avoid overheating your strands.

  4. Make subtle color changes! If you want to go darker, consider low-lights or choose a color just a shade down in order to avoid excessive processing which will keep those tressses healthy!

  5. Let your hair down! Updos and ponytails are great in the lazy, hazy days of summer but these hairstyles can tug at your hairline. Wearing your hair down will not only give it a break from this stress, it will also keep you warm!

Autumn is a great time to focus on nourishing your hair before the holiday season comes around. Do not get overwhelmed by trying to perform all the tricks, instead try one or two a week and see which one works best for your schedule and hair type. And remember, healthy hair takes time! Patience will be one of the best tools in your routine, and your healthy habits will pay off if you let them!

Sun Damage & Skincare

Did you know you can get sun damage after 10 minutes of driving in the car? Or that we can experience the same intensity of skin damage from looking at computer or phone screens, because of the blue light rays they emit? Sun exposure occurs rather quickly, and overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays damages the elastin in skin, resulting and saggy and stretched out skin.

Many aestheticians and dermatologists advise to wear a moisturizer or additional product with SPF everyday, regardless of the season or your planned amount of time outside. And for good reason! Not only can sun damage happen quickly, but it can manifest and translate in other skin conditions, especially for those of us who are extra sensitive or acne-prone.

Eminence Organic Skincare recently released a collection of lightweight SPF skincare products for face and body- the Lilikoi Mineral Defense line.

Key Ingredients

  • Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are natural minerals that block UV rays to protect skin from sunburn and damage

  • Likoi (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which help counteract visible signs of aging

  • Satsuma Mandarin Peel Extract protects against drying pollution elements and helps to minimize the look of hypersensitivity

  • Larch Tree has deep moisturizing qualities, and protects skin against drying environmental stressors

Super lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin, the Lilikoi line is ideal for everyday use, as it is deeply nourishing yet light enough to be warn in any season. Like many Eminence products, it’s able to be layered with other products, so it makes a great addition to your skin routine. Because Eminence is fully organic, the SPF number is low for some. Fortunately, these products are so light that they may be reapplied as often as needed! We especially love that the sunscreen leaves behind no oily or sticky residue, and feels more like a body lotion than a typical sunscreen.

for a limited time, purchase any two eminence products and receive a complimentary lilikoi sport sunscreen!

Stylist Must-Haves


Everyone has that product they can’t go without. The one that is used for every style, after every shampoo, is in every travel and gym bag. It feels perfect in your hair, like a match made in heaven- your hair’s styling soulmate.

We all have different hair types and textures, so where do you even start to search for this life-changing product? Consider your lifestyle first, and where your hair might need the most help. Do you blow dry every day? Have overly greasy-prone or dry hair? Do you struggle to keep away frizz?

We asked our team of stylists what their favorite products are. What they love to use on themselves and their clients. Funny enough, all responses came back with products from within the Oribe line! Oribe is an extremely high quality and versatile collection, so no surprise that the team each found something that they loved.

Robyn- Oribe Royal Blowout
”It's the perfect foundation/heat protectant. It works really well with other products and even better on its own!. As an added bonus, gives incredible shine and helps the hair dry faster. Less time heat styling means that hair stays healthier for longer”

Heather- Oribe Split End Seal

“This is amazing for anyone who has damage (all of us!). It is super lightweight and it really helps reduce the look of dry, damaged, split ends. You can use it on wet or dry hair and on top of all that, it smells phenomenal! A lot of my clients, as well as myself, have been able to grow their hair longer using this product, because it promotes healthier ends and strands overall!“

Chhalin- Oribe Imperial Blowout

“This product is my go-to for any blowout! I find it gives hair fullness, texture, and long lasting style. I get awesome lift at the root. I can stretch a blow dry out on myself to almost a week using this!”

Sam- Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Oil

“I love Oribe products!. My favorite is the gold lust nourishing oil because it is a great leave in for any hair type and controls frizz with out being heavy or greasy!”

Christy- Oribe Run-Thru Detangling Primer

“This makes detangling hair a breeze! It is a great prep product for any hair type and a perfect base to layer other products on. It’s also full of vitamins and nutrients that strengthen hair and promote health.”

Christie- Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

“A must have for anyone! This is the perfect balance between a hairspray and a dry shampoo. Great volume and a flexible hold all in one! I love that it gives me lift, hold, and texture, without weighing my hair down. I can still run my fingers through my hair and play with it and the product doesn’t wear out!”

Angie- Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray

“It helps reduce frizz in our humid climate. I also adore Oribe’s Gold Lust Repair and Restore shampoo and conditioner as It helps maintain the strength of each individual strand to keep your hair strong and healthy.”

Darian- Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream

“This product is great for everyone! I love to use it to seal in moisture during a blowout, or to add shine and hold to an air dry style. I find I can use this product on any hair type as it is extremely versatile. The best part is, you only need a tiny amount so one tube will last for months!”

Kelly- Oribe Imperial Blowout

“This creates a voluminous blowout while delivering moisture and density to flat lifeless hair. It is definitely one of their most interesting products as well since it starts as a creme as you emulsify it in your hands, turns to oil, and then the heat activates a powder which plumps every single hair strand.”

Dana-Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray

“I love this product for my curly guys and gals, it helps reduce frizz in our very humid state of North Carolina. I find its long lasting, easy to use, and perfect for the humid summer months. And of course, with every Oribe product the smell is amazing and lasts all day!”

Summertime Hair Repair

This summer season has been full of sunshine and humidity! While it’s been beautiful, for many of us, this North Carolina climate has wreaked some havoc on our hair. Even when using products with SPF and moisturizers in them, it’s inevitable for the sun to zap color out of hair, leaving faded and dry locks that are in desperate need of special care. While beach hair and textured styles are still trending, often times these popular ‘do’s dry out the hair cuticle and make hair prone to breakage and split ends.

By supplementing your hair regimen with a couple products, it’s easy to promote restoration to your hair’s health and encourage growth of healthier strands. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite products:

Bb Quenching Shampoo & Conditioner

This set derives from a super-saturated formula that is meant to cleanse and repair hair that has been over-exposed to heat or is just chronically dry. This quenching machine is powered by pro-vitamin B-5, phytantriol, and vitamin E. These components all work in the damage control department to rebuild your hair with the aid of amino acids and various lipids.

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Bb Save the Day & While You Sleep

Here’s a dynamic duo that will be your best friend day and night. Both infused concentrates are purposed to repair and reverse wear and tear and leaves your hair silky smooth. A key ingredient in the Save the Day product is its rich camellia oil base - a precious oil that has been recognized for centuries for its restorative power. On the other hand, the While You Sleep overnight masque includes camellia oil with a heavy touch of primrose oil. This compound is saturated with the omega-6 fatty acids and has made a name for itself with its nurturing properties.


Bb Repair Blow Dry

This serum is a great tool for protection from the heat. Made for those of us who have no option but to heat style their hair, this blow dry creme repairs hair from the inside out. The repairing technology seals your split ends and serves as a preventative aid from breakage. This mix of the “resurrection plants” called Rose of Jericho and Pale Lilac, serves a blend of hydration and heat-protection, making this a perfect summer product!


Oribe Moisture and Control

The Oribe line was recently revamped to bring you the most innovative technology for your curls. Although there are various products within this line, one of the most notable is the Moisture and Control Deep Treatment Masque. The restorative powers of Mango Seed Butter and Almond proteins repair split ends and reconstruct hair’s elasticity. It also has an added bonus of Coconut Oil and Cupuacu Butter to prevent breakage and retain moisture. This masque is a great addition to your weekly cleansing regimen.

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Oribe Gold Lust Masque

Another great Oribe product is the Gold Lust Masque. This hair remedy was concocted to target weak spots in the cuticle and fortifies your hair in order to improve elasticity and restore its youthfulness. Because of all the nourishing properties, this masque will also leave your hair moisturized with a soft touch. Another quick and addition to your weekly regimen that ensures promising results!

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Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream

This leave-in conditioner quenches even the thirstiest of hair. Its mechanics are delivered by wheat amino acids, as well as other proteins, to ensure your hair retains and locks in moisture to super saturate your locks. To take it further, Oribe added hydrolyzed keratin and a galanga root extract to shield you from UV rays and the damaging effects of heat. Using this cream will rejuvenate your hair and leave you with an everlasting shine.


Oribe Split End Seal

Healthy hair and beautiful color are at your fingertips with this clinically formulated serum. This split end sealer repairs up to ninety-four percent of your damaged ends after just one use and will prevent breakage by sixty-five percent. If the numbers don’t speak enough, the science behind this masterful product is in the carob tree extract which forms a matrix of amino acids to mend and strengthen. Included as well is a multi-protective layer to both shield you from UV and protect the color you worked so hard to get. A definite must-have in your collection..

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There are a multitude of ways to combat the summer heat and the effects it has on your hair. Don’t settle for dry, brittle hair! Stop by and let us help you find the right products to soothe your needs.

Everything You Need to Know About Balayage

It has been some time since balayage took the hair industry by storm, but there is a reason it has grounded itself as a pinnacle part of every professional colorists’ fundamentals. Balayage was developed by French colorists in the 70’s and was named such as it means “sweep” in French. That is because it is a free-hand highlighting technique that can be seen anywhere from the streets of your hometown to the exuberant red carpet. This timeless method negates any stripes and promotes a sun-kissed, naturally-blended look.


One great aspect about this technique is its versatility. Anyone, from a short pixie cut to waist-long curls, can enjoy the benefits that balayage brings to your hair. In addition, because of its relatively low-maintenance, this is a great service for first timers! One element to consider is since balayage is still a highlighting technique, the service still requires use of bleach. Thus, if you want to go from darker to lighter tones, you may want to consult your colorist first to ensure you get what you desire.


As mentioned before, balayage is a free-hand highlighting technique that means “sweep” in French. Since colorists utilize a brush, an no foils, they are able to apply the solution in specific areas. This allows them to brighten your features and add dimension to your layers. Because each balayage service is so personalized and customized, we encourage to book consultations before your service so you and your colorist know exactly what to expect.


Luckily, balayage is generally low maintenance, though there are still a few key things to stay away from - sulfates and heat. We recommend using Oribe’s Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color. The whole Oribe line is sulfate-free and these products in particular promote an extended color life by targeting damaged areas for an intense hydrating treatment. You can also use their Masque for Beautiful color. Just switch it out for your conditioner once or twice and week and leave it on for about 5 minutes. Lastly, stay away from those heat tools! Balayage is meant to accent your natural beauty so try out Bumble & Bumble’s Don’t Blow It series for fine or thick hair. These will allow for a great hair day even without the blow dryer.


Want to book a consult? Just give us a call and we’d be happy to accommodate you!

UV Protection All Summer Long

As nice as warmer weather can be, it’s no secret that the intense heat and UV rays that come with summer can wreak havoc on freshly colored hair. Faded color, brittle strands and a lack of shine, however, can be easily avoided with hair care products specifically designed to provide UV ray protection. Keep reading for our favorite selections!

How UV Damage Works

The sun’s rays act exactly like bleach on unprotected hair, as the UV particles react with the natural melanin in the hair strand and work to remove the color. Additionally, UV rays can penetrate the hair cuticle and damage the naturally occurring protein keratin, leaving the hair dry and brittle. Higher temperatures and longer days in the summer leave hair extra vulnerable this time of year, and if not taken care of properly, can result in dull color and unwanted breakage. Products that infuse UV protecting ingredients and extra keratin, however, can do wonders for preventing fragile hair from ruining your vacation looks!


Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Collection

Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil finishing products are the perfect one-step to shielding your color from impending UV damage while creating effortless summer style with a bit of sheen.

To start, their Invisible Oil Primer is great for softening and detangling wet hair straight out of the shower while providing excellent heat protection prior to styling. Of course, with summer heat and UV rays also comes an increase in humidity and frizz- to combat both issues, be sure to pick up the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, which can be applied to wet or dry hair depending on your preference! This lightweight blend of six oils adds additional moisture, silkiness and shine to hair while providing yet another layer of protection. For the finishing touch, add a light mist of the UV Protective Dry Oil Finishing Spray. This product is key to combating the dryness that can be associated with summer strands and can conveniently be used for touch ups throughout the day. Anytime hair feels parched or on the verge of frizz, simply use this spray to keep hair conditioned and styled to perfection!


Oribe Beautiful Color

One of the features we love most about Oribe’s line is that every product is both color and keratin safe. However, when it comes to defending hair against the summer sun, one collection stands out above the rest: Oribe Beautiful Color. This line in particular utilizes Oribe’s unique Signature Complex which protects hair from photo-aging, light damage and oxidative stress, all of which can harshly deplete hair color over time.

For the ultimate cleansing, hydrating and protecting duo be sure to pick up the Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color. On top of Oribe’s Signature Complex, both products include bioflavonoids, botanical extracts and natural oils to provide top-notch color protection and deep moisturization for dry, over processed strands at risk for fading. Use both to for soft, silky, vibrantly colored locks all summer long! Want to add an extra boost of sun protection to your other hair care products as well? Be sure to check out Oribe’s Color Preservation Booster Power Drops! This highly concentrated serum formulated with Vitamin C, antioxidants and amino acids can be used alone or conveniently added to any hair care or styling product to create a strong shield against harmful UV rays.





Stylist Spotlight: Sam

This spring we had the pleasure of introducing a new master stylist to the Citrine team. Samantha, who goes by Sam, is a recent North Carolina transplant, and we couldn’t be happier that she found us! We finally caught a moment to sit down with Sam, and quickly realized how blessed we are to have her at Citrine,


Welcome to Citrine, Sam! We’re so happy you found us. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Thanks! I’ve settled in quicker than I anticipated. I recently relocated to the area, however I’m from Cleveland, Ohio.. The move here has been incredibly smooth, and I’ve come to really enjoy exploring the area- there’s a lot going on here and it’s exciting to be apart of it.

What has been your favorite part about moving to the Chapel Hill area?

When I began the moving process, and pinpointed North Carolina as the state I’d relocate to, I was curious if everything people said about southern hospitality would be true. Well, everything I heard has been true! I think a big part of how smooth the transition has been is due in part to how welcoming and friendly everyone has been. The people in Chapel Hill and at Citrine, have been very inviting and warm so far. I couldn’t be more grateful for how easy this big move has been!

So you found us through the Goldwell network! Goldwell recruited and referred you to us- what has been your biggest takeaway while working at Goldwell salons?

Yes! Citrine came highly recommended, so I had to reach out. I have worked with Goldwell for the past 9 years, and have been a stylist in the industry for over 10. I am a certified master Goldwell colorist! I specialize in color, blonding, and balayage. I also love cutting curly and long hair, as well as men’s cuts!

I love the consistency and quality of the products. Goldwell also offers some amazing education opportunities, and I never shy away from the chance to stay up to date on what’s new and trending in the industry. I especially love the Goldwell Kerasilk keratin treatment, and how versatile it is. The treatment can be used for any hair type, with highly beneficial results.

Woah! So this isn’t your first rodeo! What inspired you to pursue a career as a hair stylist?

I have always loved the beauty industry, even from a young age. I loved art class in grade school, and always took any opportunity I could to create and express my creativity. This evolved in my teenage years into playing with my friend’s hair, and the rest is history!

A couple years into being a hairdresser, I realized how rewarding it is to make people feel and look their best. That’s probably the biggest driving force for why I love my job- it’s awesome to have a clientele that supports my artistic side, as well.

Any role models that kick-started your career? Or just a role model in life!

I have too many role models in this industry! Social media has allowed me to follow some big names, and it’s always inspiring to see how hard-working and passionate people are.

I have to say that my biggest role model is my older sister, Sara. She has been the number one supporter of my career, and her encouragement has gotten me through some dark times. I try to mirror the independence she shows as a chef in Pittsburgh.

Nothing better than some family love! Does your sister have hair as curly as yours? What products do you use to keep your curls looking so good?

Thank you! Yes, curly hair runs in my family, although my curls are the craziest. I’m proud to say I’m an Oribe convert! Honestly, you can’t go wrong with Oribe - everything I’ve tried so far smells great and feels even better in my hair. My curls definitely love the Moisture & Control shampoo and conditioner. I also use the Moisture & Control Priming Lotion Detangler.

The expansion of the Moisture & Control line has been amazing, we’re loving it too! Last question: When you’re not doing hair, what are you doing?

Well, I’m very close with my family, and since moving here I do my best to stay in touch regularly. My boyfriend and I really enjoy traveling, and have some summer travel plans lined up. We love trying new restaurants (there’s a ton of them here!), and cook together as much as possible too.

Thanks, Sam, for answering all our questions! And again, welcome to Citrine.

Interested in seeing sam? Give us a call to schedule, or go online to book an appointment!

Beat the Humidity this Summer

Summer in North Carolina is no joke. Not only do temperatures frequently hit the triple digits, but the humidity makes being outside almost unbearable. With temperatures warming up from May til late August, it’s nearly impossible to avoid switching up your hair routine to accommodate the climate. Fortunately, by adding a few products into your hair care lineup, maintaining smooth and styled hair in the heat can be fairly easy.

Nourishing Masks and Oils

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Mask

Similar to the Humidity Barrier Spray, this mask also utilizes keratin and silk proteins to strengthen and smooth the hair along with a variety of moisturizing ingredients to deeply nourish dry and stressed out tresses. Simply apply to wet or towel dried hair, leave on for approximately 5-10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly for increased control and manageability all summer long!


BB Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

Be sure to banish rough, dry hair this summer with Bumble and Bumble’s award-winning Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil! This product contains a unique blend of 6 different lightweight oils- including coconut, macadamia, grape seed and sweet almond oil- that work together to provide weightless shine, moisture and control to even the finest, frizz-prone hair! Work sparingly into damp hair before styling for silky smooth strands, and as an added bonus, enjoy built in UV-ray sun protection too!


Kerasilk Control Smoothing Fluid

For those with thicker or coarser hair types, look no further than the Kerasilk Control Smoothing Fluid, which instantly smooths and tames unruly strands that tend to rough up in the humid heat. Simply apply to either towel dried or dry hair and leave in, no heat styling necessary! Of course, if you choose to blow dry, this fluid also offers wonderful heat protection as well.


Finishing Products

Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray

This anti-humidity finishing spray combines a unique copolymer with various free-radical protectants to shield hair from harmful UV-rays and lock hairstyles in place with a light hold regardless of the weather. Additionally, pro-vitamin B5 and panthenol work to thicken, condition and build volume in the sleekest way possible so your hair remains frizz-free, but never flat- perfect for finer hair types!


Goldwell Humidity Barrier Spray

All hair types and textures- but especially thicker ones- can appreciate the latest addition to Goldwell’s renowned Kerasilk Control Line: the Humidity Barrier Spray! Utilizing keratin, an essential protein for strong, healthy hair, and liquid silk for further smoothness and shine, this spray is crucial for shielding hair from frizz-inducing high temperatures. Both ingredients leave a weightless sheen that adds polish and hold to your look, so you can stay looking your best on even the hottest days!


Curl Control

Bumble and Bumble Anti-Humidity Gel Oil

This amazing gel from Bumble and Bumble’s beloved curl line contains a patented HydraSculpt blend of polymers and moisturizing agents to make sure each individual curl is defined and hydrated. In addition, exotic Brazilian oils leave a luminous shine. A little goes a long way, so simply work small amounts in sections through damp hair, and either air dry or diffuse- results either way are glossy, elongated and frizz-free curls!


Oribe’s Curl Gelée for Shine & Definition

This thick curl jelly by Oribe offers the perfect solution to curls that are a bit tighter and harder to control in the warm summer months. Glycerin provides deep hydration for parched coils, and along with nourishing mango, cocoa and avocado butters, repairs strands and protects from further damage. Macadamia and apricot oils smooth the cuticle and give you high-shine, defined tendrils with a medium hold that won’t pouf out all summer long!


And there you have it! A wide variety of products broken down to best suit your needs, whether you have thick curls or fine strands, to ensure that frizz is the last thing on your mind this summer. Stop by Citrine today to pick up your favorites, and don’t forget that for a limited time only, you can receive a free beach bag with the purchase of ANY Kerasilk products- Kerasilk Control Line included!



Christy is one of our junior stylists who has recently graduated from our apprenticeship program here at Citrine! She is a young, sprite individual who is making headway into the hair industry with her enthusiastic and loving attitude. She was born in Hungary, but has lived the last 20 years here in the States.

What is your favorite thing about being a stylist?

I absolutely love being able to completely transform someone into the best version of themselves. Whether maintaining a natural look or trying something dramatic, a happy client’s smile will never get old! I really like that the industry is constantly changing, and it’s nearly impossible to stay uninspired and stagnant as a stylist.

Which hair trends have caught your eye?

“Baby lighting,” or “strand-lighting” has been a huge trend the last two years that I absolutely adore. Everybody loves a soft blended highlight. It can be tedious, but the pay-off is all in the end result! I’m also fascinated by men’s hair cutting and am always looking to improve and build on my technique.

What inspired you to pursue this career?

I knew early on in my teenage years that I needed to pursue a career that allowed me to express my creativity. Growing up, I was always intrigued by hair coloring services, and the endless opportunity there was to create. Celebrity hair stylist Nick Arrojo has been a huge inspiration to me at the beginning of my career, as well. I finally achieved my goal of becoming a stylist, and had the pleasure of meeting him at the beginning of this month.

Favorite products to use right now?

There are a mixture of things. The Goldwell Top Whip Volumizing Mousse is the holy grail for me and my clients. Perfect for blow outs or even air drying with a bit of extra lift. I love pairing the mousse with the Oribe Dry Texture Spray for an instantly fuller look. I try to keep the assortments of products I use as simple as possible, but with Oribe and Bumble and bumble it can be hard!

What are you doing when you’re not at the salon?

My free time is spent mainly with family, as I have a very close-knit one. Spending time with my parents and my significant other is a huge priority to me. We love watching movies together and eating Mexican food! I also love to read, and try to make time to relax with a book everyday.

Summer is here! How do you keep your hair healthy during these hot months?

The Goldwell Humidity Barrier Spray is an excellent product for the warmer seasons. It keeps the frizz under control, which in turn helps you use less heat! I also love the air styling products from Bumble and bumble, they’re super easy and convenient to use, and have UV to protect my color. Less heat equals healthy hair!

Christy is with us throughout the week from Tuesday to Saturday. Although she’s already built up a large clientele, she is still accepting new clients. From balayage to men’s cutting and children’s haircuts, Christy is versatile and skilled,. Call or book online to schedule with her!

Beautiful Braids

With the summer heat and humidity on the rise, there is no better way to keep hair looking fresh and out of your way than a braid! Keep reading to learn our stylist’s favorite tips, trick and products to perfect your unique look!

There are endless opportunities out there for braiding and hair styling using braids! While this may be a little intimidating, braiding is fairly straightforward once you get the hang of it- taking some time to practice and play around will have a huge pay off.

One of the best places to start learning about how to braid is Youtube! Believe it or not, there are a ton of easy-to-follow braiding tutorials on Youtube that are well done and really helpful. We’ll attach some of our favorite braid styles- work your way through them and remember to have patience with yourself! We’ve attached a couple of our favorites from Oribe!

Wonderful 5-strand braid done in-house by our very own, Christie Gleisner

Even though moisturizing shampoos and conditioners are wonderful in the summer to revive heat-damaged strands, for this particular look, you’ll want to avoid freshly washed hair which can make the hair too slippery to work with. Try to use second day hair if you can, or to make sure your hair has enough texture and hold, wash with texturing products like Bumble and bumble’s Surf Foam Shampoo and Conditioner. Before braiding, be sure to add some extra grip with Bumble and bumble’s classic Sea Salt Surf Spray for an even better style.


While each tutorial is a bit different, the key is to take your recently roughed up hair and separate strands into even sections with a fine tooth comb prior to starting your braid pattern. When you are finished braiding the hair, simply use a few bobby pins misted with hairspray to catch any stray pieces that may have fallen out in the process, and tie off with a small clear elastic for a seamless look!

As for the effect of the braid, the finish is totally up to you! Do you want a sleek, modern look? Try slicking back fly aways with a dab of Oribe’s Supershine Light cream. Going for more of a romantic look? Pull out a few face-framing pieces of hair and spray a bit of Oribe’s Flashform Finishing Wax for some sheen and piece-y texture! And no matter what braided look you decide to rock, don’t forget to lightly mist with Oribe’s Superfine Hairspray to keep frizz at bay and your style in place all day long!

Wanna know our other absolute favorite thing about braided looks this summer? The amazing style you get when you choose to undo your masterpiece! Simply take out the elastic, remove all bobby pins, flip your head over and blast with a few sprays of Oribe’s Mystify to reactivate all the product from the previous day and you are left instantly with the perfect beachy waves you’ve always wanted!

So there you have it! There really is no better way to beat the heat this summer and get days of style with no damage then the braid-to-beachy-wave combo! And with so many different products and braid styles available the possibilities are endless- so what are you waiting for? Find your best braid look today!

Heat Free Air Styling

The warmer months are finally upon us! Cold dry air is long gone, and heat and humidity is headed our way. Changes in the seasons means switching up your hair routine, opting for ease and convenience over spending time in the mirror blow drying and styling. No point in blow drying and heat styling your hair to have the humidity ruin your hard work, right? And in North Carolina, we know that’s exactly what happens from May til August!

Introducing Bumble and bumble Surf Leave-In: a texturizing and conditioning leave in product for soft windswept beach waves

Introducing Bumble and bumble Surf Leave-In: a texturizing and conditioning leave in product for soft windswept beach waves

This spring, Bumble and bumble released another Air Styling product within their Surf collection, adding a third heat-free hair styling product to their lineup. Here’s why we love Bb’s Air Stylers:

  • Perfect for the warmer months, when blow drying puts off too much heat.

  • Reduces frizz, which we all know is a major problem in this North Carolina climate!

  • Enhances all hair textures, adding bounce and a light airiness to hair. And amazingly, these products don’t leave any kind of residue or weighed-down “product feel” to the hair.

  • Air Stylers have conditioning properties to them, that quickly penetrate the hair shaft to seal in moisture, allowing it to dry smoothly while remaining hydrated.

  • Contains UVA and UVB filters, protecting hair (and your hair color!) against the harsh effects of the sun.

Sustainable Beauty Month at Citrine

April is international Earth Month, and this year we’re reminded of our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact. With the rising awareness and weighing importance of environmental preservation, it’s a personal and company mission for Citrine and the team to be as sustainable and earth-friendly as possible!


One of our favorite ways to show our love for the planet is through our use and retailing of Eminence products. For every product purchased, Eminence plants a tree in a developing country through their Forests for the Future initiative. So far, Eminence has planted 12 million trees! And at Citrine alone, we’ve been able to plant 1,033 trees!

Forests for the Future trains farmers in developing countries to implement sustainable farming practices. With 400,000 fruit and nut trees planted in these regions, Eminence has formed a source of food and income for farmers in vulnerable regions of the world. You can help this cause by purchasing Eminence products! We all love beauty and health for a cause, right?

Among our efforts, one of the most prominent practices at the salon is our use of recyclable supplies. The majority of salon supplies ordered and used are able to be recycled, or reused for another purpose. Products used in the salon by stylists are refilled from a larger supply, preventing an immense amount of product packaging from ending up in the trash!

In addition, we only carry vegetarian and vegan products! We source cruelty-free and gluten-free products, too. We are proud to carry Oribe, who manufactures their products without parabens, sulfates, or sodium chloride. These additives disrupt our delicate ecosystem, as parabens can disturb the regulatory systems of animals. In fact, Oribe and Bumble and bumble do not test any of their products on animals altogether!

Oribe has a commitment to sustainable packaging through use of eco-friendly boxes, printed with vegetable ink is admirable. This is in part because of their acquirement by KAO USA in 2017. KAO Corp is a group who reshaped their business model around Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals. This means their behavior as a whole entails positive initiatives in response to climate changes such as chemical use policies and water use management.

April is a wonderful time to reflect on personal eco-friendly practices. As the population grows exponentially, simple tasks such as buying the right light bulbs or remembering your reusable bag will make a difference when exercised on a global scale. Whether it is picking up litter you see on the sidewalk or organizing green initiatives in your community, we thank you for your efforts in creating a better future for us all!

UV And Sun defense with Eminence


With recent advancements in skincare technology, the topical benefits of vitamin rich fruits and vegetables are more prominent than ever before. Until recently, Lilikoi has remained under the radar. Commonly known as the passion fruit, this skincare superfruit is jam-packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Niacin, and Riboflavin.

Eminence has combined these ingredients with mineral products to create their Lilikoi Mineral Defense collection. Introducing a new primer and a lightweight moisturizer that’ll protect you from harmful UV rays and premature aging caused by blue light! Blue light is the light that is emitted from electronics such as cell phones, tablets, and computer screens. This has been shown to cause premature aging due to a breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin.

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Lilikoi Mineral Defense Moisturizer SPF33- This lightweight moisturizer was specifically formulated to shield your skin from the sun and environmental stressors such as free radicals and pollution. Perfect for all skin types, this moisturizer is easy to apply without any of that dulling whitecast, so your skin stays bright, quenched, and protected.

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Lilikoi Light Defense Face Primer SPF23- Protect your skin from the sun and blue light with this unique illuminating primer! Just apply before your foundation or other complexion products and you’re protected from those harmful UV and blue light rays!


For a limited time. recieve a complimentary full-sized version of the Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF15 (a $28 value!) by Eminence when you purchase two Lilikoi products. Stop in and mention this blog post to receive a free sample of our Lilikoi collection!

What's New from the Bumble & bumble Surf Line

Bumble & bumble was the first to introduce a texturizing spray that perfected sea-tossed waves and beachy hair styles. Appropriately named the Surf Spray, the OG sea salt spray has since expanded to an entire hair care line. Including a shampoo, conditioner, blow dry spray, and two salt sprays, the Bb Surf line will soon be welcoming a new addition to the family!

Introducing Surf Styling Leave In- a UV protective light gel-creme that detangles hair and reduces frizz, while instilling soft, touchable waves and beachy texture. While big beach waves and tousled looks are currently trending, getting the level of texture and volume needed can often result in stiff, dry, and crunchy hair. Never fear! The Surf Styling Leave In is ultra conditioning, with softening and moisturizing qualities that won’t dry hair out. No grip or grit means hair is touchable and soft, and able to be restyled and played with throughout the day.

Light hold and workable flexibility make this new addition to Bumble and bumble a stand out product. Aloe, kelp, coconut, and algae extracts impart moisture and a light fragrance that is not overpowering. This is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and sunshine this summer! With UV protection and conditioning properties, how could you go wrong?

Thinking of embracing your natural texture this summer? We asked our stylists what their favorite ways to use the Surf products are, and compiled the ideal beachy sea-tossed waves hair regimen.

  1. Surf shampoo and conditioner- Prep your hair for soft texture with the Foam Wash, a shampoo with a light enough cleansing action suitable for daily use. Follow with the Creme Rinse, one of bumble’s lightest conditioners, able to moisturize hair without weighing it down.

  2. Towel dry your hair. If you’re going for a heat-free style, work a dab of Styling Leave-In evenly into your hair.

  3. To preserve and accentuate your natural texture, finish your style with the Surf Spray or Surf Infusion. Don’t know which one is for you? Surf Spray delivers a matte wave with more grit and hold, while Surf Infusion has more moisturizing and shine qualities.

  4. Let your hair air dry if avoiding any heat styling tools. Enjoy toussled natural waves that are textured enough to hold their own, but soft enough to touch. To get some extra volume and bounce, use a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer and dry to desired style.

Et Voila! Your summer hair care regimen couldn’t be any easier.