Exposed Hair Pins, A Controversial Trend

There is a new trend in high fashion that is making waves today in wedding fashion. Exposed hair pins are, depending on who you ask, a quirky fun way to make a statement or a symbol of modern fashion’s faux pas. It’s a love-hate trend.Those who love this trend see it as fresh and almost punky. Those who hate it compare it to wearing underwear outside of clothes. No matter what you believe, this is a trend with impact coming to a hair salon in St Joseph MN today.

Bobby pins are generally thought of as something that you blend into your hair. They are tucked under tresses, into hair pieces and used to underpin more elaborate hair jewelry. But until recently they were never the star of the show. The expose hair pins trend changes all of that.

Emphasize your hair pins at home by using dark pins if you have light locks or light pins if you have darker tresses. For a business casual look, use a few pins at the nape of your neck around an updo. Short hair and textured hair are not left out of this trend! Use decorative pins to twist and tuck strands of hair. Place a few at your temples for a little bling.

Our beauty consultant, Cami Theisen, at Elise Marcus Salon in St Joseph MN can set you up with more stylish and high fashion exposed hair pin styles for your fashionable events.

Share your trendy hair pin photos on Elise Marcus Salon’s Facebook Page!


Look your best this 4th of July

The 4th of July is coming up. A time to get together and celebrate with family, friends or neighbors. If you’re less than happy with your appearance, perhaps it’s time to book a visit at Elise Marcus Salon.

We at Elise Marcus Salon are running summer salon solstice specials. These specials entail a free haircut ($25 Value) with any hair color services and/or a free Vitamin C Mask ($15 Value) with a Facial Purchase. At Elise Marcus Salon, you can have a haircut of your choice, or if you’re not sure get a consultation with a professional to determine which haircut suits you best. If you’ve had a particular hairdo for some time, perhaps it’s time for a change.

If you want to change your hair color, Elise Marcus Salon can help you with that too. Whether you want to hide your grays, go lighter, go darker, or thinking of becoming a fierce redhead, Elise Marcus Salon can help with that too.

When the 4th of July comes around, you know pictures will be taken. Don’t be caught off guard. Pay Elise Marcus Salon a visit and look your very best for the celebrations. Give us a call for a wash and blow, a cut and blow, or a consultation for which color might suit you best. We’re here to help. 320-267-6121

Visit us at Elise Marcus Salon’s Facebook Page and let us know how you plan to celebrate your 2014 4th of July holiday!



Using a Swimmer’s Cap to Protect Your Hair

Chlorine is essential in keeping the swimming pool clear of bacteria and other potential contaminants. However, the same properties that make it so useful in decontaminating swimming pools also make it a threat to your hair. Chlorine is infamous for stripping human hair of their natural oils, rendering them both rough and brittle in the process. This is particularly true if your hair has been either colored or chemically treated, meaning that you should be particularly careful about protecting your hair from chlorine if you are one of our valued clients.

Trendy Swimmer Caps | Elise Marcus Salon

Of course, chlorine wouldn’t be used so much in St Joseph MN swimming pools if there weren’t simple methods for protecting hair and scalp in St Joseph MN. In short, if your hair is damaged by chlorine, then the simplest solution is to make sure that the two never come into contact. Not only do trendy swimmer caps protect hair and scalp while you’re in the swimming pool, but they’ll also help you look good while doing it. As a consultant, Cami from Elise Marcus Salon has created a link for you to be able to choose the right trendy swimmer caps and you can even earn cash back! Click on the pictures below and find your hip swim cap.

Swimmer Caps |




Enjoy the Great Outdoors minus Unwanted Bug Bites

Now that the warm weather has finally arrived that you’ve more than likely waited for all winter long, I bet you can’t wait to get outdoors for some fresh air and sunlight. There’s just one catch, though. As we embrace this wonderful warm weather and look forward to summer, which is just around the corner, we’re now faced with the annoyance and dilemma of bugs when outdoors.

Rosemary Essential Oil | Elise Marcus SalonGetting covered in bug bites may deter you from enjoying some of your favorite outdoor activities, especially at certain times of the day when these bugs seem to be at their peak, like dusk. You know, annoying bugs such as nats, mosquitoes and we can’t forget ticks. Ever enjoy an outdoor sports activity and catch a bug in your mouth? Not fun…not fun.

Avoid Bug Bites Naturally when Outdoors with Essential Oils in St Joseph MN

And how do you feel about bug sprays? Many people are not big fans of bug sprays due to their toxic nature. Elise Marcus Salon not only uses essential oils in the products they use but they also have many essential oil tips and  if you’re looking for a natural non-toxic way to repel insects when outdoors so you can enjoy outdoor activities, eat food outdoors minus pesky bugs, and enjoy fresh air without catching bugs in your mouth then consider trying essential oils.

Essential oils that act effectively to repel bugs when outdoors include:Aromatherapy Essential Geranium oil

  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Tea Tree or Melaleuca Alternifolia
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Geranium Oil

It has been scientifically proven that most insects are repelled by the scents of essential oils. Essential oils not only act to repel insects, but they can effectively treat insect bites as well. These particular essential oils work to treat bug bites because they have antiseptic, anti-flammatory, and pain relieving properties.

To treat a bug bite with one of these oils, you’re going to apply 1-2 drops onto the bug bite or you can dilute the oil to a 50:50 concentration. For relief from itching and to reduce the possibility of infection, try peppermint or lavender.

Whether you’re interested in treating bug bites naturally with essential oils in St Joseph MN, or to repel bugs, or both, essential oils are a non-toxic solution to a pesky problem. Cami at Elise Marcus Salon is a consultant and you can find many affordable high quality essential oils at Elise Marcus Salon or you can order yourself through and earn cashback!

You’ll need to locate the following ingredients. Here, I’ll link you directly to so you can order and have them shipped directly to your door (you are very welcome). Oh, and don’t be worried by those prices. Essential oils go a loooooong way, so you’ll have plenty of batches you can make from this purchase and you will earn cashback!

How to Make Homemade Bug Spray:

Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled waterVegetable Glycerine |
Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using – Vegetable Glycerine is a great vessel to help essential oils bind to whatever you spray them on (in this case, you).
Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. My personal favorite mix is: Rosemary, Clove, Tea Tree, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus… it works great and smells good too!

My daughter likes to carry around a 3oz size in her purse and this is her recipe:

Combine the ingredients in a 3oz bottle…

30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
10 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
1 T vegetable glycerine
Fill to (almost) the top with H2O
Shake and apply as needed (at least every hour or so).




Fathers Day Gift Ideas at Elise Marcus Salon in St Joseph MN

Father’s Day is Sunday June 15th, and you need a gift your dad will love. Everyone knows that dad has enough ties, this year get him something that will help him be a better man. Elise Marcus Salon in St Joseph MN has the Fathers Day gift ideas you need. There are a lot of places you can get gift certificates in St Joseph MN, but only a gift certificate from Elise Marcus Salon has the products and services to help your dad look and feel his best this Fathers Day.

Gift Ideas | Elise Marcus Salin

Dad uses his hands a lot, and that can get pretty rough on an older guy. Elise Marcus Salon offers a full range of manicures and pedicures that can remove stains, strengthen, and heal dad’s nails. And when is the last time dad got a really good haircut? Elise Marcus Salon offers haircuts, styling, and beard trimming services dad will love at prices you will love.

Facials and waxing are not just for women. Men’s skincare is just as important to help avoid embarrassing blemishes and other unsightly men’s skin problems. If your Father is looking and feeling beat up, by scheduling a consultation with Cami at Elise Marcus Salon and getting on a regular skincare regimen, your Dad could be feeling his best by the 4th of July.

A little gray can look quite distinguished, but is dad feeling his age? Elise Marcus Salon does more than just color hair, they can strengthen and revive you dad’s brittle or thinning hair and even recharge and revitalized dad’s dry thirsty hair.

Give dad a gift certificate to Elise Marcus Salon in St Joseph MN this year. You’ll both be glad you did.

Share with us on Elise Marcus Salon Facebook page your favorite Father’s Day photos!














Our Humble Beginnings featured in the St Cloud Times

We’re ecstatic to announce that we have been featured on the SC Times on May 10, 2014. A great opportunity for our hair salon business in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The article features how Elise Marcus Salon was created and the services that we offer.

A big thank you to Kevin Allenspach for writing a very informative piece and ensuring that our story is shared with everyone – from our humble beginnings of being a beauty and hair salon to the increasing referrals for our services. We love our work and we’re happy to be of service to anyone, particularly in St. Joseph and the surrounding areas.

If you’re interested in reading the article, check it out at:

St Cloud Times Article about  Elise Marcus Salon

St Cloud Times Article about Elise Marcus Salon

It’s quite funny how my husband is referred to as Shane Incognito. His real name is Shane Theisen. However, now that his name has been written as Incognito – I think he enjoys this new last name – his identity concealed.

But all jokes aside, we would like to express just how awesome this article is for our hair and beauty salon business and, on behalf of me and my family, a big thank you for your interest in reading about our humble beginnings and we hope to see you soon.

Also, just another exciting update about our family, Shane and I will be Grandparents soon, I am standing next to my daughter as she is in the hospital expecting our very first Grandchild today! I am becoming a GMa before I turn 40!!!! Please stand-by and check out Elise Marcus Salon Facebook page for pictures!

Don’t Wait to Get Your Hot Summer Look !

Memorial Day marks the beginning of lazy summer days, cook outs, and pool parties.  YouSummer Time Hair Care | Elise Marcus Salon want to put those dreary winter days long behind you.  What better way than by sprucing up your look?

Summer Time Hair

Let’s start with your hair.  After the winter, hair tends to be dry and brittle.  Elise Marcus Salon offers a variety of hair conditioning services to recharge, strengthen,  and seal moisture in your hair.  Whether you choose to trim dry ends or go for an entirely new style, you will feel refreshed and prepared for summer entertaining and gatherings.

One of the best ways to give yourself a summer look is by changing your hair color.  Adding some highlights will help your hair shine and skin glow.  You can frame your face with lighter, brighter tones or try the trendy ombré spectrum.  Your colorist will know which tones will best suit your skin coloring.  You can’t get superior coloring from a box.

If you want to learn some of the newest hair styling trends like finger curls or tousled beach waves, ask one of our experienced stylists.  They can also recommend products for your particular hair issues.

All Over Beauty Care

With the warmer weather comes sandals.  Don’t forget to schedule a mani and pedi to ensure your nails look fresh and healthy.  A specialty soak will help you overcome any of your nail issues–dry, yellowed, weak/brittle, or slow-growing.

You can also revitalize your skin and take years off your look at our facial spa or get expert makeup advice to add a natural summer glow to your face.

To make an appointment with the best hair salon in St. Joseph, MN, please contact us.  We are a family salon and spa committed to bringing out your summer best.


Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Salon Gift Certificate

Gift Ideas | Elise Marcus Salin

Gift Ideas | Elise Marcus Salon

Time is running out on those looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. If you’re like most people, you can often lose track of just how close it is. Fortunately, there are great potential Mothers Day Gift Ideas out there, with a good example being beauty salon gift certificates for the Elise Marcus Salon. There are few better ideas you’ll find for Mothers Day gifts in St Joseph MN.

Elise Marcus has a variety of services that’s great for your Mother especially if she is stressed out. Here are a few examples.

Facial Spa

You can get all sorts of different facials here. Elise Marcus can offer facial, shoulder, scalp, and neck massages, exfoliation treatments, treatment masks, cleanses, moisturizers, and extractions. Elise Marcus Salon even offers de-aging facials.

Manicure and Pedicure

Elise Marcus gives you warm lavender towel wraps to go with your pedicure and manicure in St. Joseph MN. You can also get a natural nail soak for either one. The Salon even goes so far as to make sure the soak is individualized for you specifically. If you have dry nails, there’s a moisturizing soak. If you have weak or brittle nails, there’s a milk and honey treatment to strengthen them. A garlic soak helps with peeling nails, and a citrus soak helps stimulate growth in nails that aren’t growing.

The Salon also has additional services like texturing and facial waxing and other services to help mothers feel completely refreshed and ready to go once again.

Contact Cami at 320-267-6121 to get your Mother a Salon Gift Certificate for any of Elise Marcus Salon’s pampered beauty services!

Indulge In A Pre-Grad Makeover At Elise Marcus Beauty Salon In St Joseph MN

Hair Salon Near St. Benedict's CampusGraduation day is just around the corner. You’ve made it through another year – give yourself a pat on the back! Whether you’ll be sporting a cap and gown soon, or just enjoying the year-end festivities, now’s a great time to pamper yourself with haircare services in St Joseph MN. After all, the chaos of exams can take a real toll on your appearance, leaving you with dull, tired hair and stressed-out skin.

Here at Elise Marcus Salon, we are more than your typical hair salon in St Joseph MN. We offer a full range of haircare and spa services, including cuts, coloring, highlights, lowlights and texturizing for both men and women. Our student-friendly fees make it easy for you to achieve the look you want at a price you can afford.

Spruce Up and Chill Out

The long, harsh winter has finally departed (good riddance, polar vortex!) leaving many of us with weather-beaten skin, cracked nails and dry, frizzy hair – definitely not the look you want!

Custom hair treatments like our Super Repair and Shine will reverse the damaging effects of a long, dry winter, leaving you with healthy, super-shiny locks that will make you stand out from the crowd. Itchy scalp? No worries; our Tea Tree Hair and Scalp treatment delivers immediate relief and it smells amazing!

Relax With Spa Services

We offer more than just haircare services, we’re a full service beauty salon in St Joseph MN. Our skilled technician, Cami, can pamper you with an hour-long spa facial, complete with exfoliation, facial and neck massage and a treatment mask. Achieve amazing, healthy nails with a manicure, and get ready for the beach with a relaxing, revitalizing pedicure.

Look Great At Grad

Graduation means tons of photos – selfies, formal pics and maybe even a few photo bombs! Remember, your image is often the first impression people have of you; investing in your appearance now can really pay off in the future. With some great grad pics, you’ll always have amazing profile photos for social media sites and to use when job-hunting. Grad is a great time to network – get out and make those connections!

We’re Easy To Find

Elise Marcus Salon is easy to get to; we’re located just 1/2 mile walk from the College of St. Benedict and a short 9-minute drive from Saint John’s University. If cycling is your thing, the Lake Wobegon trail access is just a couple blocks west of our hair salon in St Joseph MN.

To schedule your pre-grad makeover, call Cami today at 320-267-6121.


Men Can Add Texture and Drama to Hairstyles with Highlighting

One of the most common misconceptions is that men do not have many options when it comes to hair styles. Today’s trends and fashion changes have made mens professional hair services popular. Whether you prefer to wear your hair short or long, there are a variety of trendy hairstyles for men to choose from. One of the most popular hairstyles is having custom highlight haircolor for men in St Joseph MN.

Many men are choosing to have highlights, because it adds texture and uniqueness to Mens Highlight Hair Services | Elise Marcus Salonyour hairstyle. If you are considering changing the overall color of your hair, but are concerned about doing it all at once, highlights are a great way to gradually change the overall color. A mens professional highlight hair colorist at Elise Marcus Salon can provide you with a variety of highlighting options. For example, if you prefer to have subtle highlights, you could get a few lighter brown highlights added to your dark brown hair. If you want a more dramatic look, you could opt to have blond highlights added.

Hair highlighting involves the use of chemicals, so it is extremely important that you only go to a professional hair colorist for highlights; never attempt to color or highlight your hair at home with over-the-counter products. If the highlighting process is not done correctly it can cause breakage, dryness and damaged hair. A professional hair colorist is experienced in choosing the best type of product for your specific hair type and they have the appropriate equipment to ensure the task is done to your satisfaction.

Contact Cami at Elise Marcus Salon to schedule you Highlight Hair Color consultation! 320-267-6121