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: http://www.sctimes.com/story/money/bright-ideas/2014/05/10/hair-home-st-joe-basement-site-salon/8946077/

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!


Men Can Throw Back the Hands of Time at Elise Marcus Salon

Finding men’s hair services in St Joseph MN to get rid of your grey hair can easily make you look and feel a decade or more younger. Whether you like to keep your hair short or long, the process does not have to take up a lot of your time. Your best bet is to Incorporate Men’s Color Camo into your regular grooming routine. Just as you have your car washed or your clothes dry cleaned on a regular basis, take the time to camouflage the grey in your hair about once a month for best results.

Mens Camo Color Tip

It is essential to make sure that you work with a Professional hair colorist at Elise Marcus Salon to ensure that the right shade is used and that the color is applied safely and effectively. Once you see the results after your first color session at the salon, it will make you want to schedule an appointment for another session right then and there.

While you are there, consider taking on one of the many men’s hairstyles at Elise Marcus Salon that are popular among customers. It will add a whole new definition to your overall style, but be forewarned that this may attract a lot of attention from the opposite sex.

Call Cami at 320-267-6121 to schedule your Color Camo consultation!

Facial Waxing In St Joseph MN Is The Perfect Experience

By starting a beauty regimen at Elise Marcus Salon it will be the perfect solution for dealing with facial hair. For the best facial hair removal, this salon will be the perfect one to set up an appointment with because Cami at Elise Marcus Salon can perform the best work at helping reduce unwanted facial hair.

Facial Waxing in St. Joseph MN | Elise Marcus Salon

Getting the perfect look is not always easy. A visit to a nice salon definitely can help with such a goal.

Having a facial waxing in St. Joseph MN can be quite enjoyable since the session at Elise Marcus Salon involves a lot of pampering. Those wishing to enjoy themselves during the time spent at the salon will certainly be an enjoyable one.

Best of all, unwanted facial hair can be completely removed and removing it yourself is not highly recommended.

Performing any facial hair removal at home can lead to problems. It might be painful, uneven, and really not all that successful. Some things are best left to the experts and eliminating unwanted facial hair is something that the expert at Elise Marcus Salon can do and do quite well.

Setting up an appointment with a salon for facial waxing in St. Joseph MN just might be an unforgettable experience and since you are there, how about a luxurious facial spa session with a lavender warm towel wrap?

Contact Cami at 320-267-6121 to schedule your facial waxing to eliminate that unwanted facial hair now!

Now lets talk about fragrant oils for your hair | Elise Marcus Salon | Haircut In St. Joseph MN |

Now lets talk about fragrant oils for your hair.

The best fragrances to use are the natural ones (synthetic fragrances can damage hair) and that is why pure essential oils, diluted in carrier oils ( jojoba oil , olive oil, coconut oil , castor oil, vitamin E oil , avocado oil and nut oils) are great when you want to add a nice scent to your hair. Put a few drops on your comb or in your final hair rinse water or in your favorite carrier oil and your hair will smell great while being conditioned.

Fragrant Hair Essential Oil Elise Marcus Salon Highly Recommended Fragrant Hair Essential Oil Suggestions and directions:





Scalp Massage: Put 3-5 drops on your fingertips and lightly massage into scalp.


Click here or call 320-267-6121 to schedule your haircare regime with Cami Theisen at Elise Marcus Salon.





Essential Oils For Haircare | Elise Marcus Salon | Hair Salon In St. Joseph MN

Essential Oils (EOs) is an oil that is considered essential in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent (essence) of the plant from which the oil is extracted from. Essential oils are volatile, and are usually derived from the non-seed parts of the plants. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation.

Essential oils are very useful in homemade hair care products and many of them are very good to treat scalp conditions such as tea tree oil for dandruff, rosemary to grow hair faster, lavender for dry scalp, and peppermint for itchy scalp and to stimulate hair growth. If you are a ‘do it yourselfer’ you can create some very beneficial hair care products for your hair or you can enhance your store bought products by adding a few drops to them for added benefits. Usually essential oils are used very sparingly because they are so concentrated.

Here is a List of Essential Oils and Their Known Benefits To Hair:

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Oil: Not only known for its relaxing scent, it has proven hair benefits and is good for all hair types.  Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. It is a good treatment for dandruff and itching, helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth. Most widely known to treat alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair, especially in patches. Daily massage with lavenderoil has proven to help significant re-growth and gives you the results in a few months. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.

Chamomile Oil:  Is known to  soothe the nerves  and it does the same for your hair and scalp, in fact it is the most soothing of the essential oils for the hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to retract skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures, and harsh weather conditions and helps with itching scaly scalp and dandruff.

Myrrh Oil: Is known to be very good for dry hair. It helps with the treatment for dry scalp, dandruff problems and under-active sebaceous glands. Use instead of lemon oil if your hair is not oily.

Peppermint Oil: Is known to help stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This is very important for hair as it helps the hair to receive proper nourishment. This in turn will lead to hair growth. That tingly feeling when peppermint oil is felt on the scalp is actually the stimulation of  blood flow to hair.

Lemon OilIs known to especially be beneficial for oily hair, it is recommended that persons with dry hair not use lemon oil, it is a good treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and under-active sebaceous glands.

Rosemary Oil – Is another oil which doubles as a fragrant oil and an essential oil. The oil is derived from the rosemary plant and is very useful for dandruff problems and flaky itchy scalp. Rosemary oil stimulates the hair follicles; as a result hair, can grow longer and stronger.

Tea Tree Oil: is a great moisturizer for the hair, it helps to keep the scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems. Tea tree oil unblocks the sebaceous glands and encourage the flow of the scalp’s own moisturizing oils while clearing away dead skin cells. Tea tree oil mixed with other essential oils is especially good as a scalp treatment for relieving dandruff.

There are several other essential oils that can be used for various hair and scalp conditions. The beauty about essential oils is that once you find one that is good for your hair you can stick with it and you will continue getting great results.

Click here or call 320-267-6121 to contact Cami at Elise Marcus Salon to schedule your hair care consultation.

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift | Salon Near Saint Cloud, Mn | Salon In Saint Joseph, Mn | Elise Marcus Salon

I hope you are remembering that Mother’s Day is Sunday. If you are still looking for the perfect mother’s day gift, look no further. Treat your mom to a day of pampering with a gift certificate from Elise Marcus Salon.

Support Small Salon’s | Hair Salon Near Saint Cloud, Mn | Hair Salon In Saint Joseph, Mn | Elise Marcus Salon

I’m sure a lot of you have been there, the busy walk-in hair salons. You walk in and hopefully you were welcomed pleasantly enough and hopefully you didn’t have to wait very long before you were wisked back to a station for your brief consultation on what you would like to do with your hair. Maybe you got the haircut you wanted, maybe not. The thing is that those salons are not designed to give you personal one on one attention. It isn’t the stylists fault really, the faster they cut your hair the more money they make. Can you blame them? 
 It might be time for you to get away from the large impersonal hair salons.  The trick is to find a small one person salon who will cater to your specific needs and more importantly will listen when you have concerns.  The hair salons that take walk-ins can be ultra busy and really don’t have time to give you the personal attention that you need.   Finding that one stylist that will give you their undivided attention makes you feel even better than just the new hair-do.  The “Mom and Pop” type salons where you receive personalized service by the owner, the one person who must perform to high standards, because his/her business depends on it.  In bigger salons, it is easier for the hair stylist to cast off questions and client desires, because he/she will always have more clients. Wouldn’t you rather have a stylist that takes a personal interest in what you want? 
 Developing a relationship with your hair stylist is very important.  A good hair stylist will study your hair and ask you questions about what you like and don’t like about your hair so they can help you achieve the best style for you. When you have a stylist that takes a personal interest in how you look and feel, that is when you get the quality hair treatment and service you are  paying for. 

Summer Skincare | Skincare Near Saint Cloud, Mn | Skincare In Saint Joseph, Mn | Elise Marcus Salon

The weather is getting warmer and, for most of us, that means being outside more with less clothes on. YES!!! Picnics, camping, days spent at the beach. We can’t wait to feel the warm sun on our skin. This is usually the time we start using sunscreen to protect our skin from getting burned. I found some very interesting information about sunscreen and coconut oil that I would like to share with you.

Did you know that coconut oil was the original suntan/sunscreen lotion? Coconut oil has many amazing health benefits and islanders have been using it for sun protection for generations. Coconut oil was originally used in suntan and sunscreen lotions but was eventually replaced with chemicals. Sunscreens today use chemicals that disrupt the hormone system and this is definitely not good for anyone, especially children.

A little FYI, the SPF rating on a sunscreen measures how much UV radiation is blocked. Supposedly, the higher the SPF the greater the effect. You might think that SPF 30 is twice as good as SPF 15 and SPF 60 is Twice as good as SPF 30, but that’s not how it works. SPF 15 blocks about 94 percent of UV radiation, SPF 30 blocks about 97 percent and SPF 45 blocks about 98 percent. SPF ratings above this are really meaningless. It’s just more chemicals. Yuck!!

Coconut oil actually has a very low SPF. Testing has shown that it blocks about 20 percent of UV radiation. This is actually a good thing because adequate natural sun exposure is very beneficial and healing. Our bodies need exposure to sun to balance hormones and produce vitamin D. I’m not going to go into everything that we need vitamin D for, you can look that up yourself. But, coconut oil protects the body from sunburn and skin cancer by preventing free-radical damage from exposure to the sun.

That’s not to say that you should just slather on some coconut oil and go bake out in the sun for hours. NO WAY!!! If you have been covered up for the last 6 months or so, you need to gradually get your skin used to the sunshine. You can start by applying coconut oil to all exposed skin and being outside for a half hour. Just to the point where your skin might get a little pink ( for the pale skinned people ). Naturally, the more color you have to your skin the easier the transition will be. Gradually work up to being outside for longer periods of time.

I love helping my clients find new ways to be healthier and more natural. If you have any questions you can contact me, Cami Theisen at Elise Marcus Salon.

Easy Evening Look in Four Simple Steps | Skincare in Saint Joseph, MN | Elise Marcus Salon

Wednesday I suggested a day-time natural look, so today I am taking an alternative route! Our inspirations for this look are Ronald McDonald and Tammy Faye Baker…

JUST KIDDING! A lesson can be learned from them, though.  Even if you wish to put on a lot of make-up, try to be sure to not put on too much.  No matter how much you think you can handle, every body has a limit.


1. The first step is again just to cover up any major skin inconsistencies.  Women are notorious for being their own worst critic.  That being said, if you think you need twelve layers of foundation for perfect skin, you may only need one.  “Perfect skin” is not the idea with this step, though, we are looking for just enough to smooth out the look.

2. The next step is to put on a fun color of eye shadow.  “Fun” meaning teal, gold, purple, hot pink, neon yellow, etc. basically everything but browns, dark greens and other natural colors.  Apply this evenly on the eye, extending the farthest with color to the crease of the eye lid. For some extra UMPH use two colors and blend them about half way.

3.  Using the technique from a few days ago, apply eye liner on both the top and bottom (water line is optional).  Some colors you could use for eye liner are the classic black, bright, edgy colors.  Again, just try to avoid naturals.


4. Then add mascara! Two to three coats on the top, and the usual single coat on the bottom.  The reason we want to add more mascara for this look is because we are adding more make-up over all, which may drown out your eye lashes, so we just want to add a little more to side step that fiasco.

Contact Cami Theisen at Elise Marcus Salon for an appointment. 

Natural Make-Up Look | Skincare In St Joseph, Mn | Skincare Near St Cloud, Mn | Elise Marcus Salon

Make-up is meant to enhance your natural and inner beauty, not to cover it up. That is why I love natural make-up looks so much.  This one is just a few simple steps, so it is totally adaptable for your own style and interpretation.


1. The first step is to use a little cover up to smooth over any blemishes which are clearly apparent.  This may be acne, natural redness or (for me, too) some old scarring.  If you are comfortable with it, only use a cover up solution, or small amounts of foundation to camouflage these little blemishes.  Try to avoid using foundation all over because we are going for a less-is-more look.

2. Cover your lids with a nude color eye shadow.  This will allow for a small amount of coverage, while still creating a smooth and polished eye look.

3. Using the technique described in Monday’s blog, apply a small amount to the tops of your lids (the bottom is optional).  If you can, use an eye liner color which is from the “natural” colors.  This would be something like a brown or soft black, as opposed to magenta or gold.

4. Apply one-two coats of mascara to the top set of eye lashes, depending on how light your eye lashes are naturally.  If you normally have blonde eye lashes, consider only one coat, so it does not get too dark and over bearing. No matter the color of your eye lashes, I suggest you never apply more than one coat to the bottom lashes because it gives the eye an overall awkward looking shape.

5. The final step is to add a smidge of blush on the “apples” of your cheeks.  Find a color which shows up on your face, but does not make you look like Raggedy Anne.  This should be a lighter shade, like a pale pink or a matte tan.  When you smile, there is a “puffed up” area of cheek.  Using a big, fluffy brush, apply your blush in swift circles from this raised pile toward the edge of our face.  The line made should be angled toward the top of your ear.


Remember that you are beautiful with or without make-up, so do not be afraid to use less of it.  You know what they say, less IS more.

Contact Cami Theisen at Elise Marcus Salon for an appointment today!