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Why Is Sleep Essential?

Sleep is essential to your overall health. With busy schedules and the demands of family, work and community, people are frequently putting sleep on the back burner. Getting enough quality sleep can protect your mental health, physical health and quality of life. Sleep helps your brain function properly as well.

Take a look at your sleep routine and see if you are getting enough sleep. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you get at least seven hours of sleep each night? 7 to 8 hours is a good baseline for most adults to be rested.
  2. Do you go to bed and wake up the same time every day? It is better to stay consistent with your sleep schedule, even on the weekends.
  3. Are you drinking caffeine in the afternoon/ evening?  Caffeine stimulates your brain. Caffeinated drinks can take three to seven hours to metabolize. Know when the best cut off time is for you to get a good night’s sleep.
  4. Do you turn off electronics before going to bed? The blue lights in electronic screens can be disruptive to sleep. Avoid using electronics a few hours before going to bed.
  5. Do you get regular exercise? Exercise can help you sleep better. Do moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day. However, working out too close to bedtime can interfere with your sleep. Try to plan your exercise routine several hours before going to bed.
  6. Are you eating or drinking before going to bed? Eating too close to bedtime can make you uncomfortable and be disruptive to your sleep. It’s a good idea to stop eating two to three hours before bedtime. It is also a good idea to limit how much you drink before bedtime to limit the times you wake up to go to the bathroom throughout the night.
  7. Can a nap help or hurt a good night’s sleep? That depends. A nap can help improve your alertness in the short-term, but it can disrupt sleep if taken too long or too late in the day. A short 20-30 minute nap in the day can rejuvenate you during the day without causing trouble sleeping at night. Do not take a nap later than 3:00 p.m. to interfere with your regular sleep pattern.

We Appreciate You!

a wise man once said,
feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

so we thought we’d express our
gratitude by giving you a present?

We’d like to offer you 20% off your next retail purchase.

Save on the products you know and love
or try that new product you’ve been eyeing from across the salon.

It’s just our way of showing you how much we appreciate you.

Redken News – Hair Color Spring 2016

Calling all San Francisco single and married gray haired men who wish to look 5-10 years younger

Calling all San Francisco single and married grey haired men. Is your grey hair bothering you? Do you wish you could look 5-10 years younger? Erika Redding at Red Union Hair Salon is the “Age Defying Expert”. Using a method that leaves you in control of how much grey you wish to get rid of. Just a little or a lot. It’s all at your fingertips! It only takes only 10-15 minutes. An add on service with your regular haircut. The best news it’s only $100 for both. Erika normally charges $75 dollars for men’s haircuts alone and $100 for color services. The color is totally natural. No one would ever know your hair is color enhanced. This is a great look for professionals, CEO’s, CFO’s, athletes, Musicians, artists… Just think, you could walk out 5-10 years younger in an hour with your stylish cut to boot. Check out these pictures and see for yourself!

Gray Hair - Younger Looking Hair - Professional Hair Coloring - San Francisco

Privé’s Featherlight Miracle Worker

Unlike other oils that discolor, dry out or weigh down hair Privé Herbal Blend #39 provides complete versatility for conditioning, styling and finishing. Enriched with Argan, Maracuja and Brazil Nut oils, Privé’s vanishing oil transforms all hair types with breakthrough shine, smoothness, hydration and extreme manageability. This featherweight complex works all day to tame flyways and keep hair polished and smooth while also nourishing and strengthening hair without any unwanted residue.

Apply desired amount to damp or dry hair and style as usual for beautifying results. Color safe.

Privé 39

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Red Union Salon provides easy online scheduling of hair appointments! You can also call us at (415) 567-5656.

San Francisco Featured Artist: Sandra Purchase

San Francisco Featured Artist: Sandra Purchase at Red Union Hair Salon and Art Gallery San Francisco, CA

Sandra Purchase: I currently live and work in the South-West of England.

I have always enjoyed collecting and working with vintage material, postcards and general ephemeral from a bygone era. This crucial gathering of materials is a focal point of my work. This interest led me to complete a three year BA Honors Design Craft Degree at the University of Crafts which I completed in 2000.

Since then my work has been based on images taken from periods advertising, the glamour and glitz of the 1950’s, Mills and Boon cover titles of that era, old film posters and annuals. I select these images because they remind me of my childhood, the way my mother dressed, the books she may have read and the films I enjoyed as I grew up.

The glamours, sugary nature of these pictures are the main inspirations; immaculate hair, polished smiles and perfect faces, but I adapt them using my found reclaimed vintage fabric. The layering of printed material retains much of the original glamour but places the characters or scenes within a more surreal setting removed from the original context. The actors, with each piece, become embedded within the make-up of fabric and trimmings. A further application of paints and additional threads produces the final theatrical and frivolous results.

Now Hiring – Hairstylists, Hairdressers, Barbers, Hair Colorists


Red Union Hair Salon is seeking talented stylists for an awesome upscale Union Street location.

We are offering an introductory offer for Chair Rental! 50 % off your rent for your first two months:))

Please be skilled, motivated, reliable and a team player:)

The ideal stylist has at least two years of experience, some clientele and is a motivated self starter.

We provide you with:

–24/7 booking & reception service
–24/7 on line booking
–towel service
–back bar (Prive, Redken, Pureology … Etc.)
–beverages for your clients. . .

At this time we retail Prive, Redken, Pureology, Kevin Murphy ….
We are open to bringing in other retail lines or you may sell your preferred retail line.

Your work station is very large with lots of natural sun light great for color.
Station rental preferred. Commission for motivated stylist.
We are located on the second floor overlooking Union Street.

We have lots of walk-ins and call-ins
Full time or part time positions available.

We are a very fun, family environment! :). We love to learn from each other and collaborate.
We joke, play great music and are passionate about doing “amazing hair for our clients”.

Please call Erika (415) 567-5656 for preliminary phone interview and send resume if you have one:)

Stylist’s Product Pick of The Month: Daily Conditioner

Herbal Blend #11 improves hair manageability by soothing, nourishing and detangling. Enriched with aloe vera and wild cherry bark, this lightweight daily conditioner improves overall manageability with no build-up as it keeps color safe. Hair will look and feel healthy and beautiful and shine brilliantly.

After cleansing with Privé Daily Shampoo, massage a small amount through hair. Leave in for one to three minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Be sure to check out the other hair products we carry at Red Union Hair Salon in San Francisco.

San Francisco Featured Artist: Luz Elena Castro – Photojournalist

Featured Artist Luz Elena Castro - Photojournalist at Red Union Hair Salon and Art Gallery San Francisco, CA

Luz Elena Castro- Photojournalist:
After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia, Luz Elena Castro began her career as a staff photographer for El Mundo Newspaper in 1979. This led to a position as a photojournalism instructor for Bolivariana University in 1985, and freelance assignments for many different magazines and newspapers. In 1986 she won a scholarship from Navarra University in Spain, and worked as a photojournalist for the EFE News Agency in Madrid. She provided a weekly commentary for the BBC while in London, and in 1988, she was department director for El Tiempo Newspaper in Bogotá.

She was the personal photographer for César Gaviria during his 1989-90 presidential campaign, and through 1994 was director of the photography department for the Gaviria Presidency. Following a year as graphic editor of Cromos Magazine, she resumed her work as a freelance photojournalist.
Throughout her career she has shown her photos in the most prestigious Galleries and Museums in Colombia. In 1994 she represented Colombia in the Fifth Biennial of Art in Havana, Cuba, was chosen to participate in an exhibition at the Ludwing Forum Museum, Aachen, Germany, and served as a judge in several Salons of Photography in Colombia.

Living and working in California since 1996, she began to document homeless Sonoma County seniors in January of 2002. Her exhibit poignantly captured the new face of homelessness in an economically rich area, and opened at the Cultural Arts Council’s Gallery in Santa Rosa, CA.

In her “Lejos del Hogar” project, she gave cameras to members of West Marin’s Latino community, and taught them how to take photos, which were then used in weekly English lessons. An exhibition of Luz Elena’s documentary work opened in 2004 at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes, CA. Serving as a bridge between the Latino and American Communities; she developed a series of projects that empower the students to be part of the town through photography and literacy. Every year until now Gallery Route One exhibit those projects.

In March 2008 as part of the Fotofest Biennial of Photography, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art shows her Installation “Faces of Colombia”, a group of 8 Photos-Curtains making a circle that symbolized the circle of violence that Colombia has lived during the last 50 years. The project also had a bilingual voice over running during the exhibition. “Apertura Colombia” was a powerful show from Colombian Artists depicting the situation of their country.

A Retrospective of her 25 years as a photojournalist was opened in 2006 at the Museo del Oro Quimbaya, in Armenia, Colombia, and is part of the private collection of the Banco de la República, organization that sponsored it.
“As a photojournalist, I strive to capture ordinary moments that speak in extraordinary ways…”

Luz Elena Castro
luzelenacastro.net
(415) 747-0043