4507 Algonquin Drive Ste B
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Practice makes BETTER

One of the things that makes Mod Salon different from the rest is the fact that we all pride ourselves in continuing our education and finding new ways to work smarter not harder. This November, Team Mod traveled to Orlando, Florida to attend a three day, intense business training named Inspiring Champions Champ Camp to aid businesses taking it to the top of the top! At the end of these three days we were provided with many tools and systems to take care of our number one priority…..YOU!!!

Whether you have never been to Mod Salon or you have been here 100 times, you will all notice we do things a little differently than the rest. One of the biggest changes here at Mod Salon is the consultation will be a wee bit different. We now sit across from you and really have a conversation about your wants, needs and concerns. Also, writing everything down and referring back to exactly what you said is really key to ensure that we are on the same page.

At this seminar we were also provided with an awesome pre-booking system. With this, we can set up your future appointment to keep you looking and feeling fabulous, and it only takes ten seconds. Setting up your future appointments is very important to both of us. Booking your next appointment before you leave allows you to have your preferred time of day and allows us stylists to make the most of our time, so thank you very much for that.
To wrap things up, we are asking for your patience as we implement these new systems. Our ultimate goal is to exceed your expectations every time you visit. As we keep practicing these systems, your experience will be better and better. As Lauren Gartland, CEO & Founder of Inspiring Champions, always says, “Practice makes better.”

Mod Hair Color Salon & Beauty Store
4507 Algonquin Dr. Suite B, Cedar Falls, IA  50613

Upgrading to professional tools.

How many of you can relate…You leave the salon and you love your style that your hairdresser has created for you and you are worried that you won’t be able to recreate it Monday morning for work? You’ve purchased all the products (shampoo, conditioner, mousse, gels, serums & hairspray). Your stylist even showed and educated you what to put where and how you will use it at home. But yet, you still can’t get the same result. (Boo!)

So what else can it be? Maybe it’s time to upgrade your tools! Whether it be a blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron or any other styling tool. Professional tools make all the difference, not only in the shine and condition of your hair but the final result you get from them. The fear about upgrading tools is commonly the price, but most of the population uses the phrase “You get what you pay for.” As a salon that uses only BioIonic tools and supply only those to sell to our guests because absolutely love the results they deliver. When you invest in one or all these tools, you’re investing in top notch technology, and a company that really cares! Our tools have warranties ranging from 1 year to 5 years, depending on what tool it is. Be sure do your research and check reviews and testimonials on any other non-professional tool.

A super awesome offer here at Mod Salon is our One Pass and Power Light Challenge. We let you take the blow dryer/flat iron home for about a week to try it out first before you purchase it to ensure if it’s the right tool for you. We are definitely here to help educate you how to use them and show you different styles you can achieve with them by different techniques!

Stop in to get yours, we have no doubt you will just love it!

Mod Hair Color Salon & Beauty Store
4507 Algonquin Dr.  Suite B, Cedar Falls, IA  50613

It’s unruly, annoying, frustrating & won’t go away!

STATIC! It sticks to our cheeks, flies outwardly off our head and ruins every photo we take. It’s most prominent in the winter season due to the lack of moisture in the air causing our hair to become positively charged and resist each other as soon as the temperature drops. The rubbing from hats, scarves and faux fur hoodies certainly attribute to this problem. We find ourselves constantly sweeping our hair from side to side trying to smooth it down, maybe even adding some human saliva on the hand for the extra help.

We’ve got helpful tips for those who fight this bad boy almost every single day!

Because of the temperature drop, the air becomes drier which also results in our hair becoming more dry. Using a hydrating/moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to help put the moisture back into the hair. This is your first step to success of defeating this monster.

The plastic creates static electricity when rubbed against the hair, whereas using a metal comb will act as a conductor and neutralize the positively charged ions. Wooden combs are also an option.

Like stated before, hair is positively charged. Using a dryer, BioIonic Powerlight Dryer is absolute favorite, that has negatively charged ions baked into the tool and blown onto the hair will neutralize the electron charge and aid in smoothing the hair down.

It’s an obvious solution, but keep in mind it won’t reduce static by itself alone. It’s for when you’re finishing your style to spray down those few stubborn flyaways. Spray the product in spurts versus holding the nozzle down to avoid over using and getting a “crunchy” feel.

Not only is it a great hydrating product, the natural oils found in these products to smooth the hair down. Side note, because they are very hydrating, they can create a little weight on the hair aiding in smoothing the hair. Use them in moderation, for a little bit goes a long way!

Mod Hair Color Salon & Beauty Store
4507 Algonquin Dr., Suite B, Cedar Falls IA   50613

The art of tipping

Tipping can be a controversial subject. There are varying opinions on the tipping process here in the United States, and it’s no wonder. There are many questions to ponder about tipping. Do I tip every service provider I encounter? There are many different service professions: waiters, bartenders, hairstylists, bell hops, plumbers, electricians, baristas, movers, house keepers, taxi cab drivers, just to name a few.

Do I tip licensed professionals such as electricians & hairstylists more than non-licensed professions such as waiters & bartenders? Be mindful, and know that being a licensed professional requires additional expenses and education.
Do I tip regardless if I am pleased or not with the service provided to me? Some professions such as waiting tables don’t even make minimum wage, tips are part of their income, so take that into consideration.

How does one determine the percentage or dollar amount any one service provider should be tipped? We took to Google to research this. According to the findings it is customary to tip waiters/waitresses, hairstylists, dog groomers, room service, etc. 15%-20%. Others seemed to be a dollar amount, $1 per drink for a bartender or coat check, $2-$4 for food delivery, $2-$5 for valet parking. While it states the customary percentage or dollar amounts for different services, it doesn’t say much about how any of this was determined.

Some people feel you should only tip if you are happy with the service provided. Others feel you should tip even if you are unhappy. Whichever side you fall on, evaluate your reasons for tipping or not tipping depending on the service provided.
Being hairstylists, we do receive tips from most of our guests. We would never expect a guest to tip us, certainly not if they were unhappy with their service. It is however greatly appreciated! They take good care of us, we take good care of them! If you are ever unhappy with a service, please let us know. It is our commitment to you to make it right!

Thank You,
Team Mod.

Mod Hair Color Salon & Beauty Store
4507 Algonquin Dr. Suite B, Cedar Falls, IA  50613


Making a drastic color change

Changing your hair color drastically is a lot like getting into a swimming pool. It can happen in two different approaches; dipping your toes and inching your way in or just diving right in. You decide what you feel most comfortable doing, which is similar when playing around with the idea of changing your hair color.

For those who are considering going from light to dark hair, you may want to try getting lowlights to inch your way to the dark side, which is great for dimension and introducing dark colors. Or you can dive right in and be willing to sit through a couple processes at the salon for a few hours but leave with the rich, dark color you desired.

Now, if you have really dark hair and want to be a blonde bombshell, it’s going to take time and trust in your stylist. You can take baby steps or the big jump as well. To start, you can get highlights with each hair appointment to gradually lighten the appearance of your hair color and add awesome dimension too, or just go for the big change. The process can be more time consuming, because it most likely will be more than 2 processes in one sitting.

Drastic changes can also be very shocking going from one end to the other, so make sure it’s what you really want. Our number one priority as stylists is to keep hair healthy and in great condition while still giving you what you want. With this being said, PLEASE, PLEASE trust our professional opinion and recommendation on what route to take that will be best for you and your hair.


Both of these clients wanted to blonde right away, so 5 hours and two full foil processes later, it’s what they received without compromising the condition of their hair.

Mod Hair Color Salon & Beauty Store
4507 Algonquin Dr. Suite B, Cedar Falls, IA  50613

UNITE – Featured

One of our most popular and loved hair product lines is featured over and over again!

Founder and CEO, Andrew Dale, began his hairdressing career as an apprentice with Vidal Sassoon at 16 years old. He became a stylist by 18 and doing session work with Vidal by the time he was 20. He was soon later relocated to New York and Beverly Hills, teaching with the Sassoon Artistic Team, on platform and at the Santa Monica Academy. He continued on to open 5 of his own salons in Los Angeles and San Diego. He then created UNITE Haircare in 2003 and has held true to his UNITE slogan – “Uniting hairdressers together to make the industry a better place.” What we love most about UNITE is that it is a product line that’s been created by a hairdresser for hairdressers.

choosing the right BaNgS for your face shape

It’s crazy how a few snips in that fringe area can give you a whole new look, even on an existing haircut! But, as effortless they look, bangs require a little more effort when styling it so allow yourself five more minutes to tweak those around when you’re getting ready.

Here are our recommended choices of bang styles to go with each face shape.

Remember, the ideal face shape is OVAL, so our goal is to make every face shape look oval because of the way it is cut and styled.


Good news for the oval faces out there….you can pretty much pull off any style of bangs! Play around with different bang styles as long as they compliment your existing haircut (or new!) well.

Heart face shapes are complimented best by either long layers that frame the face or straight across but notched bangs. Heart shape is prominent in the forehead, so the goal is to cover most or some of that up.

Square face shapes should avoid center parted bangs and super-blunt bangs. The most flattering bangs on short hair will be a side swept bang and on long hair, a slightly uneven forehead fringe. Super sharp lines will emphasize the sharp angles in the jaw line and look box-like.


To off-set the roundness of the face, we choose a wispy, side swept bang. You typically don’t want to have a super short bang because it will emphasize the roundness by making your face appear shorter.
Bangs will help giving the illusion of shortening the face, so you definitely will want them! When choosing a bang style, be mindful of your hair length. If your hair is short, go with a more side swept bang. With long hair, go with a straight across bang that will cover most of the forehead to help shorten the length of the face.

Mod Hair Color Salon & Beauty Store
4507 Algonquin Dr., Suite B, Cedar Falls IA


A “NO, i’m not wearing my hair like that, that looks silly.” kind of hair style….at first. But now, we are guilty and wearing it ourselves (Oops!) “The Hun” – its so called name but it technically is a half up, half down bun.

But we love it as a simple, cute, effortless look. Jazz it up of course with a statement outfit or dramatic makeup so you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed like this. A video to show you how we created this look will be uploaded soon! Grab an elastic band, a few bobby pins and a medium hairspray.

Some of us at Mod rockin’ it.

This trend has been around though…..so as they always say, “What goes around, comes back around.” Right, Gene?

Mod Hair Color Salon & Beauty Store
4507 Algonquin Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa  50613

You’re enjoying summer, but it’s taking a toll on your hair…….. :(

We know how amazing spending time outside in the sun and around the pool is during the summer months. We’re all persistent to protect our skin from  UVA and UVB rays, but often forget to give the same attention to our hair. No, hair can’t get sunburn, but the sun can cause discoloration, dry & brittle ends, split-ends, frizziness,  not a hold a style or curl very well due to the dryness.

The sun rays and hair lightener act in similar ways, a chemical reaction happens. The rays react the with melanin in hair and irreversibly removes the color, which in result, starts to break down the keratin protein (70% of our hair strands are made up of keratin protein!) and rough up the cuticle (outer) layer.

Chlorine is a disinfectant. Disinfectants are used to remove and break down dirt, oil, and bacteria. Our scalps naturally produce oil to protect our hair from damage and daily wear. Stripping the oil from your hair in a pool on a regular basis can cause over drying, increased porosity, and in some cases pretty significant damage if you don’t take steps to prevent and treat your hair for chlorine exposure. The Mod must after being in chlorine is to rinse well with warm water, shampoo with a clarifying shampoo and heavily condition.

We recommend coming into Mod for the Surface Summer Hair Repair reconstructing treatment. It contains the a clarifying, but gentle, shampoo with a killer scalp massage, Trinity One Shot, a tube infused with high amounts of silk protein, followed by the Bassu Masque for super hydration and finishing it off with Bassu Oil for great shine and heat protectant. After shampooing and applying all these products, they are blown dry into the hair for maximum repair. You won’t believe the instant softness, hydration and life you get from this simple regimen. And BEST news yet, you can take all of these products home and never have dull, dry hair again!

Mod Hair Color Salon & Beauty Store
4507 Algonquin Dr., Cedar Falls, IA

How to communicate with your stylist?

Oftentimes, miscommunication between stylist & client happens. It’s like you walk in & you suddenly cannot speak or understand the terminology coming out of your hairdressers mouth……Blunt what? Point-cut who? Dust my ends where?

Hairdressers tend to talk to you like you’ve been through the Miss Beauty Academy and you’re like “Hello lady, I barely know how to get my hair straight that I’ve worn for 30+ years, I don’t know how you should cut my hair.” Unfortunately, it leads to you walking out with something you did not want.

Here, we give you 4 tips on how to communicate effectively with your stylist.

1. BE HONEST : Don’t say you use the fancy shampoo/conditioners and professional color when you’ve actually visited the guilty isle at the drug stores. WE WANT TO KNOW YOUR HAIR HISTORY! The more we know, the better, so that the turnout can be the best that it can be. Chemical services are the most important to share because chemical reactions will happen and need to be avoided, so don’t feel embarrassed to tell us and we’ll be grateful so that we can give you the best service possible!

2. BRING PICTURES : Bring in the classic Jennifer Anniston, confident Beyonce or sexy Kim Kardashian and we’ll tell you what we think would suit you best and what’s achievable. Pictures can be a saving grace because “honey” or “cherry coke” to you may be not be “honey” or “cherry coke” to us. Bring in pictures that are styled the same way you can see yourself styling it on a daily basis. Each picture can give us another clue of what you generally like and don’t like, so bring more than one!

3. BE REALISTIC : The most common thing we get in the first 5 minutes of an appointment is women/men bringing in pictures, (which is great!), we want you to just like stated above but they are of someone with thick, dark, curly hair and their hair is blonde, straight, and fine. Try to bring in photos that are similar to your hair, not necessarily in color, but with density and texture. With most haircuts, you can receive what you’ve envisioned as long as it is realistic (like wanting us to magically grow your hair 10 inches…sorry, we wish!). With color though, it’s achievable up to a certain extent. If you are asking for the trending icy blonde and you have dark brown hair hair, it will most likely take 3 visits to get there, otherwise color is very versatile that we can work ways to give you the best color you wanted. As long as it is, again, realistic.

4. KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T WANT : Okay, so maybe you have not a clue what you want or you thought “Forget the pictures! I’ll have her do whatever she wants!” We love the challenge, but if you know what you don’t want or hate, that can help us tremendously and will narrow down the options for us to suggest to you so that the many choices to choose from don’t become overwhelming.

Mod Hair Color Salon & Beauty Store
4507 Algonquin Dr., Cedar Falls, IA  50613