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AFH Salon, a salon for generations, invites you to follow us on our journey “thoughts from a stylist/perspective from behind the chair”.

Over the course of many years I dreamt and planned on how AFH Salon would come together. The vision always started with a team that treated each other like family.  An environment of positivity and encouragement where creativity could flourish. As my plan continued to grow, it was important to me for people to have a safe place where our guests could be vulnerable with their personal beauty goals. AFH would meet people where they are in any season of their life. AFH would be the place to have your wedding style created, your baby’s first haircut or transition through an illness. Lastly on the journey to opening, I realized the importance of being part of the local community. Madison Valley is a beautiful, urban suburb, with great parking and walkability. I chose this neighborhood based on the need for a salon of our caliber and the number of small businesses we are surrounded by. These mostly women owned businesses, have welcomed AFH into the community by collaborating on charity events, client appreciation events and referring to each other.  I knew our salon and exclusive Italian products would be well received and appreciated in the valley.

Here’s what you can expect from “thoughts from behind the chair.” AFH’s stylists and even the salon coordinators will have an opportunity to sound off on trends, tricks and their individual perspectives.

AFH is a salon where creativity and passion drives us!

As AFH continues to grow and cultivate this culture, I thank you for being part of our ongoing success.

Annie Fisher
Owner/Stylist

Annie Fisher: Artist and Philanthropist

ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY: http://madisonvalley.org/

Annie Fisher: Artist and Philanthropist

FEBRUARY 2, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

“We do hair exclusively here,” Annie explains during our conversation. Well, perhaps that’s all that happens in her beautiful salon, but Annie Fisher’s work extends way past those walls.

Annie opened her salon AFH several years ago in the enviable space on MLK Jr Way next door to Essential Bakery. She felt her way through several locations and established salons before settling into Madison Valley. “It was a most deliberate choice,” said Annie. She was attracted to the sense of community in both the neighborhood and business groups. She is an asset to the Madison Valley Merchant Association, volunteering to participate in several activities. She has been especially helpful organizing the holiday lighting along Madison Street during the winter months. The salon maintains a collection of business cards for their customers as a referral service to other local services.

 

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Annie became interested in hair styling at a tender age while practicing on her Barbie dolls and little sister. She worked her way through college as a rep for the Italian hair product company Framesi. The company, which offers high quality all natural products, became her career path. She has been a stylist, educator and independent consultant for over 20 years and uses Framesi products exclusively in her salon.

The philosophical goal at the salon is the discovery of one’s personal beauty that will enhance that person’s positive sense of self. “This is a safe place,” asserts Annie. “It’s a come as you are environment.”

Annie extends this philosophy into her many philanthropic endeavors. She is a volunteer at Mary’s Place, a homeless shelter here in Seattle. Additionally, she feels a special mission to serve women experiencing cancer and focuses her energy with Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda’s Club).

With Cancer Pathways, Annie participates in the annual Surviving With Style fundraising event and is a supporter of the kids/teens Camp Sparkle. Her husband participates in the Driving Out Golf Tournament. Annie will make home visits assisting women to maintain their sense of beauty while they are in treatment. It is easy to perceive her commitment and passion to this valuable work when she describes these activities.

On the home front at the salon, Annie supervises her apprentice program for new stylists learning about the Framesi products and their applications. She deliberately keeps the salon staff on the small side to create a family environment. Her goal is to provide a comfortable place to nurture an emerging artist’s creativity.

AFH Salon is a full service salon.

For information about the many services you may visit the website:
AnnieFisherHair.com.

To follow her various philanthropic activities you may find her on:
Facebook: Annie Fisher Hair.

Annie collects complimentary hotel toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions and soaps to donate to Mary’s Place. You may bring your contributions to the salon for an easy drop off location.

Thank you, Annie for your many contributions to our community!

AFH Salon, A Year in Review 2016

2016, how sweet it was.
Congratulations to our Sr. Stylist  and Framesi Educator, Jeremy!
Jeremy was nominated by his peers and created this beautiful piece of art. Jeremy won the Avant Garde Stylist of the year.
Receiving this award is a well deserved honor and we are proud to celebrate him and his talent.
AFH is a proud sponsor to various organizations in the Seattle area.  We believe in sharing our time and talents to serve our community.
Our team gives back throughout the year by cutting hair at Mary’s place, collecting unused beauty products to donate to local shelters, and styling hair for runway shows to benefit local non-profits. As a team we are committed to serving together.  These are a few of our local partnerships.
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Our Salon Hours are:
Tuesday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
*Our books are open and stylists are scheduling appointments through May 2017.
*AFH is also booking wedding parties for 2017.
AFH Salon celebrated 3 years in business in 2016 and we are excited for what 2017 will bring. We are are grateful to call Madison Valley home with all of the great small businesses we share community with. To stay in the know about what’s going on in the valley click here:
THANK YOU to each one of you who consider AFH your salon home and continue to refer your friends and family.

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Runway to Freedom 7 – Benefiting Mary’s Place

 At AFH we believe in serving the community by sharing our time and talents.

We understand a haircut can help change a person’s perspective and the way they see themselves. Mary’s Place has been a refuge for families and we are proud to have provided services and donate beauty products. Our most recent way to help was volunteering for Runway to Freedom.

Runway to Freedom is committed to empowering survivors of domestic violence by funding local organizations that provide individuals and families with the education and resources needed to get out of dangerous situations and start living healthy lives. Since 2010, Runway to Freedom has been raising awareness and funds for local domestic violence programs through social media and our annual fashion show, live auction, and raffle.

Money raised during the auction and donations for Runway to Freedom 7 benefitted Mary’s Place, a local shelter that empowers homeless women and children to reclaim their lives. Too often domestic violence puts women in the position of choosing between continued abuse and homelessness. Mary’s Place offers these women safe shelter and the emotional support and services they need.

Annie Fisher
AFH Salon

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

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BACKSTAGE MAKEUP

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 THE RUNWAY SHOW

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 OUR TEAM ENJOYING THE SHOW!

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In continuation of our support for Mary’s Place, AFH Salon accepts toiletry donations year round.

 

In continuation of our support for Mary’s Place, AFH Salon accepts toiletry donations year round.

AFH Salon does haircuts for the women and children staying at Mary’s Place throughout the year.

AFH Salon donated 10% of all sales made on October 28, 2016.

We donated 150 Framesi BY Shampoos and 150 Framesi BY Conditioners for theVIP swag bags at RTF.

We look forward to supporting Mary’s Place again throughout 2017.

Summer Updates and Announcements

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Thank you for making AFH your Salon home!

 
AFH’s dedicated stylists will provide education on how to achieve the style you want and how to maintain that look.  AFH will help you transition through any season in life.
Each lifestyle is unique and your hair should be a reflection of that.  Hair is the one accessory you don’t take off and should look great with any outfit, during any season!  A salon for generations- AFH is committed to providing an experience based on more than a haircut.

AFH Salon celebrates our 3rd birthday this August!

Our growth and success this far is based on the commitment of our team to their education + YOU sharing us with your friends and family. The referrals to your stylist and all the kind words written online through Yelp, Google, and Social media reviews are SO appreciated.
Celebrating year #1!!! #afhsalonmadisonvalley #seattlehair

Please continue to refer your stylist, write reviews and help us make Year 3 our best yet!

Northwest Hairstyling Awards

October 4, 2016

Our team has received nominations for the 3rd year in a row!
The AFH Team is returning in this year’s runway show and will be presenting a creative segment.
Winners will be announced at the show.
Congrats to Annie, Jeremy and Kelsey for being nominated!
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Runway to Freedom 7

November 4, 2016

giving back…. 
 
Runway to Freedom (RTF) is an annual fashion show, live auction and musical event dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence by supporting Mary’s Place.  Through their programs we will empower survivors of domestic violence to gain stability and to educate the general public about the effects of domestic violence.
Annie Fisher will be returning as the lead Stylist for Runway to Freedom 7. The entire AFH team will be working back stage volunteering. This year we are styling models, kiddos and domestic violence survivors for the show.

Surviving with Style 2016 – Benefiting Cancer Pathways

An emotional day for AFH Salon as we helped

Cancer Survivors look their best for a Runway Show!

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The 19th Annual Surviving with Style Fashion Show and Luncheon,

held May 10th at The Westin Seattle, was a huge success!

There were over 500 attendees and Cancer Pathways raised over $250,000 at this year’s event,

making it one of the most successful shows to date! Thank you to all who attended this inspiring event.

Funds raised enable Cancer Pathways to provide programs and services to those touched by cancer free of charge!

 

Behind the Scenes

 

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Check out the Behind the Scenes and Runway Show clips in our video on YouTube:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s7sfBprOgQ


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For more information on Cancer Pathways, please visit their website.  Thank you for reading and watching!

http://cancerpathways.org/

 

 

“GENDER FREE” – Framesi Spring Summer Collection 2016

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Our own Jeremy Abraham, Framesi Italian Style Team, submitted a proposal that inspired this cut.

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“Flashing highlights across the fringe.” – Framesi

 

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“The right balance between sweetness and strength.  In each proposal sharp lines complement soft volumes and allow the styling to transform the cut according to the actual desire.” – Framesi

 

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Natural looking colors cross the barriers between male and female in these inspired styles.

 

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This cut is dramatic in itself, but what makes it so dramatic is the combination of warm and cool tones. As a blonde, you don’t have to choose one or the other – combine both warm and cool for a great fashion forward look.

 “Gender Free is not only a fashion trend: it is the expression

of the cultural transformation modern society is going through.” – Framesi

 

 

Our upcoming fashion show on May 10, 2016, will be inspired by this collection.

Stay tuned to see our take on this elegant style!

 

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Fashion Show and Luncheon

Westin, Seattle

May 10th, 2016

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Surviving with Style features cancer survivors celebrating life while modeling fashions from local boutiques. Funds raised enable them to provide services at no cost to anyone in the community touched by cancer. Please join us for this fun and inspiring event.

 

“TRAVEL ATTITUDE” – Framesi Spring Summer 2016 Collection

 

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“Sensual femininity in this pixie with the tousled fringe.” – Framesi

 

 

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“The summer look wants slightly wavy locks with flipped out ends for the renewed bob” – Framesi

 

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This summer isn’t about achieving a perfect sleek bob – have some fun flipping out the ends of your hair while creating movement and interest with waves.

 

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When styling, try using a diffuser to enhance curl.

 

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This summer we are seeing warmer tones such as copper, gold and red.

 

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“The ponytail is always in fashion, especially in summertime. This new ponytail performs a modern and fresh silhouette by combining a knot effect with a long two tiered pony.”

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“Small metal accessories and loose pieces complement the updo.” – Italian Style Framesi

 

 

Our upcoming fashion show on May 10, 2016, will be inspired by this collection.

Stay tuned to see our take on this elegant style!

 

 

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Fashion Show and Luncheon

Westin, Seattle

May 10th, 2016

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Surviving with Style features cancer survivors celebrating life while modeling fashions from local boutiques. Funds raised enable them to provide services at no cost to anyone in the community touched by cancer. Please join us for this fun and inspiring event.

 

 

 

Spring/Summer Trends Inspired by Coachella 2016

If you’ve been in Seattle the last week, you’ve been enjoying the beautiful sunshine.  We are excited at the prospect of summer weather and took a look at some styles we found at the first weekend of Coachella 2016.  Inspire your closet and hair this spring/summer!!

Clothing

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Denim from head to toe!  Break the rules and wear that denim jacket with your favorite jeans.

 

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Sheer Lace is in!  These lace dresses give you the perfect bohemian vibe.

 

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Denim is acceptable in all forms – casual or dressy, don’t be afraid of the denim! On those hot days, show off that fabulous tan in a head to toe white jumpsuit.

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Keep your hair back in the heat while still looking chic!  These fabulous braids are called “Boxer Braids”.

 

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Another great way to pull your hair back and be fun and carefree – Double Buns! Want even more fun? Add glitter to your favorite hair gel and apply to your roots!

Keep up on our blog for more fashion trends, tips, and hair secrets!

Liberate your hair (and yourself)!

Dating back to bible verses, a woman’s hair has been tangled up in the idea of her identity and femininity. Long, flowing hair is still considered royal and delicate. It’s not surprising considering the first women to employ hairdressers were nobles who could afford to have their hair tended – think Marie Antoinette. Since then, the physical and symbolic connection of women and their hair has inspired trends and movements challenging and redefining the notion of femininity – and inspiring women to explore their identities and individualism. Let’s take a look at a few of these moments in time.

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The Bob

 

Women joined the workforce during World War I and cut off their hair because it was safer for working conditions. This is when the bob first gained popularity in the US. After men returned from war, women kept their hair short and took to the streets to fight for their right to vote. Physically, it was a shift towards something practical, but the bob symbolically represented a shift towards more equality between the sexes and the separation of what a woman “should” look like with what women wanted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The issue of hair and what a woman’s hair should or should not look like extends to all cultures. For cultures which have experienced European colonization, hair has been colonized as well. Sleek, straight hair is the norm and kinky, textured hair is the “other.” Women have been pressured to relax their hair to fit the status quo of European beauty for years and the idea of going natural is akin to social suicide. Musical artists and prominent figures like _____ in the 60s brought the afro to prominence. Since then, going natural has been slowly moving to mainstream and many young people are making the switch.

 

 

 

 

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Okay, this is a personal one. My mother always insisted I wear my hair long and, as my stylist, had the ultimate say in how much hair remained on my head. I loved my long hair, but eventually wanted something short. My mom refused to do it. I found a hairdresser who would and she cut my hair into some sort of mullet. In retrospect, it was not the best haircut, but I was in love with the feeling of deciding how I would present my hair to the world.

 

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Buzzed Diana

During the summer of 2013, I faced a bout of depression. During that time, in the days I spent not getting out of bed, I found an open letter written by Jada Pinkett Smith about her daughter, Willow, shaving her head and the criticism she faced for “letting” her daughter do that. Her response stated that Willow’s hair and body are her own and she gets to decide what she does with it. That same day, I made an appointment with the hip hair salon around the corner. I went in the next day and asked for a Bob Dylan-esque ‘do, “but I kind of want to buzz it.” My stylist encouraged me to follow what I really wanted. And I did. And I loved it. I shaved my head and I found a brand new feeling – wind in my scalp. I found beauty in experiencing something totally new, and in myself. I felt powerful. During a time when my own brain didn’t feel like it belonged to me, buzzing my hair liberated me. I was reminded that I belong only to myself – at least when I looked in the mirror.

 

 Own it!

Hair is the one accessory you don’t take off. Just like the accessories you choose to wear, they are a reflection of your lifestyle and identity. Instead of seeing hair as a part of some status quo of beauty, we should embrace it as we do jewelry or handbags – something fun, something we admire and something we love to show off. The sooner we can get to a point of loving ourselves (from long, flowing locks or afro or bald head to toe), the sooner we can focus on issues like equalizing pay between the sexes. Ladies, here’s to you and whatever you choose to do with your hair!

 

-Diana Rocha
AFH Salon Coordinator

Seeing the Silver Lining: A Bride’s Generosity Inspires a City

By now, almost all of Seattle has heard Dana Olsen’s story.  In case you haven’t, here it goes…
She was engaged to her high school sweetheart. After a relationship of 10 years, he cancelled the wedding just a month before the event and dumped her. Anyone who has thrown a wedding knows this is in the nonrefundable period. They had the venue paid for, catering, music and 250 guests invited. Instead of letting it all go to waste, Dana and her mom (who helped her plan the wedding) decided to make something good of this unfortunate situation. They donated the entire wedding to Mary’s Place – a shelter for women, families and children.

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Dana Cohen and her mother

Mary’s Place provides support services for homeless families in Seattle. They provide night shelters, day centers with hygiene, shower and laundry services. They provide housing and employment services, medical care and hot meals for its families. The families who receive help from Mary’s Place do not usually enjoy the luxury of relaxation, much less partying, which made this event even more special – an evening to enjoy dinner together, dance and have fun!

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Charlotte Wheelock, employment coordinator for Mary’s Place, gets her hair done by a few stylists, including Ali Schneider, left, an apprentice at AFH Salon, and Gloria, at the Mary’s Place Family Center before a special donated event Saturday. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)

After receiving word from the bride that she would donate an entire wedding party, Mary’s Place contacted us and asked if we would participate in getting families ready for their big night. We joined other stylists and makeup artists from our community to glam up women and children. Their smiles were infectious,  the spirit was light and everyone was excited for the party!

 

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Annie works with another stylist to get this young girl ready for the big party at SoDo Park!

As they say: it takes a village. That’s why we love to participate in community events where we can take care of people, especially people who otherwise spend their lives taking care of others. From the bride who donated her wedding to the stylists who donated their time to the employees of Mary’s Place, we all have a space to provide care and compassion. This was a really special day to be part of, and we’re thankful for the opportunity.

 

This isn’t the first time we work with Mary’s Place. Annie has volunteered to cut hair at the downtown shelter before, we are always collecting toiletries to be donated to the organization and we recently participated in Runway to Freedom – a runway show and concert fundraiser for Mary’s Place. We will continue to accept donations for Mary’s Place. From now until February 12th, in addition to toiletries, we will be accepting men/women/children-sized underwear, shoes, socks, tampons, bras, toothbrushes, travel mugs, snacks (granola bars, chocolate bars), lip balm, nail polish, reusable grocery bags. This Valentine’s Day, let’s show these families some love!

Mary’s Place website lists items they are always in need of, and we’re happy to accept smaller items (think tote bag size or smaller) for a Valentine’s Day drop.

 

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