Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Who are you thankful for WINNERS!!

Thank you to all the contestants who submitted who you were thankful for! These tear jerking essays were worthy of an Oprah Winfrey show! It's a great reminder to stop and take notice of those around who inspire us to be better human beings. It was a pleasure reading all the heart felt messages of inspiration. Let us help you honor these loved ones by giving a $100 Gift Certificate to the person being thanked, and a steezy bundle of products to the writers for taking the time to recognize these amazing individuals. Please stop in the salon to pick up your winnings!

-Nancy Lee

-Daridee Moodry

-Sarah Raz

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Who are you thankful for?

Who are you thankful for?

Whether it’s someone close to you, someone in our community, or someone who’s life bumped into yours once upon a time and truly made your day--we want to hear about it.

As the holiday season approaches we realize that too often stress and noise--‘to do’ lists and expectations cast a shadow on what we all wish this spirited season to represent: sharing time with family and friends, showing one another our love and appreciation, and giving back to our personal sphere as well as our community.

During November and December of this year we invite you to take a moment to think about someone you are thankful for. Write a little bit about this person--what makes them stand out to you--and include your contact information as well as any contact info you may have for said person.
Email it to us at or drop it off at the shop at 204 S 3rd st W, next door to Bernice’s Bakery.

We will be posting bits from these writings anonymously on our blog at

On Saturday, December 18th, we will choose 3 pieces that plucked our heartstrings and give away a $100 gift certificate for each person being thanked, as well as a steezy product bundle for each of the writers.

BoomSwagger Salon
204 S 3rd st W
Next to Bernice’s Bakery

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

So you say you’re looking for butt-kickin’ tights-wearing’ roller-skatin’ Missoula ladies who like to zoom down a track and aren’t afraid to kick ass and take names? Check out Roller Derby!
Through truly grass roots efforts of local Missoula women, the Hellgate Roller Girls have begun to wow the crowd.

If you weren't at the first derby bout in early October, it's not too late. You have another opportunity to be a part of the growing diverse community of roller derby enthusiasts and spectators supporting the up-and-coming derby stars! The next bout is this weekend, that's right! This coming Saturday is your next opportunity to witness and experience the incredible duel between Hellgate Roller Girls all-star team and rival Spokane. Get ready for one hell of a good time!

Here's the deal:
November 6th: The Hellgate Allstars vs. Spokane’s Toothless Annies
Tickets: $13 each, children 12 and under free.
Tickets available at Ear Candy, the Bike Doctor, or from any of your favorite rollergirls!
Doors: 5:30
Bout: 7:00 SHARP, followed by live music by the Hollow Points, the Budgets, and The Koffin Kats

You don’t want to be the only one not talking about this the next day… we’ll see you at the bout!
Be prepared to catch derby fever!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Missoula's Sensational Tweed Ride 2010

You are invited to revel in an afternoon of leisurely cycling about our fair city in your British best. That's right, Missoula's 1st Annual Tweed Ride is sure to be a sensational event, one you just can't miss!

The ramble will rendezvous at McCormick Park at 12:00 on November 7th.

At only $8 to participate in our stylish jaunt and merry-making, you can revel in an afternoon of tweedtastic fun without breaking the bank. Email to see about advanced ticket sales.

Invite your friends and co-workers to join in on this cycling sensation--a new hip and local annual Missoula tradition-- for a jaunt through town in your most dapper attire. Keeping with the aesthetic is a must: tweed, houndstooth, hats, dresses, argyle, and well groomed moustaches are welcomed and encouraged. Visit for further tweedtastic inspiration.

Boom Swagger salon is one of the sponsors for this charity ride, and we welcome you to schedule today for that Dapper and Dandy 'do, perfect for the vintage-inspired event! Poorly-groomed moustaches will not be tolerated, Gents. Thus, we can help make yours worthy of Maverlous Moustache title. Boom Swagger is awarding prizes for the most dapper 'do, so come ready to strut your stuff.

More prizes for best bike and most stylish lads and lasses willl be awarded by the hippest boutique on the strip, Betty's Divine. Leave modern garb and lycra at home for your recovery ride the next day. Come looking dandy for the on site photographer and order prints the day of!

You don't have to have a vintage cruiser or retro racer to join in; any wheels will do. Travel will be at a Mary Poppins pace--ride at your own risk!

Meet at Free Cycles at 4:00 for hot soup and bread, various hot beverages, wine and beer, live music and a rollicking good time! Please tote along a mug or pint glass to help support sustainable efforts.

Tata for now, Missoula!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Zane Fundraiser

Thank you so much to all of our clients who came in yesterday! Through the raffle and sales, you helped us raise nearly $600 for Zane's medical costs!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Final Challenge-Project Selvedge

So it was down to the top three designers last Friday for the finale of Project Selvedge! Here is a taste of what you missed ;)

I don't want to steal too much of the thunder from Selvedge Studio, so be sure to check out their Facebook to see all the amazing photos!

Many thanks to Leah and Mary for letting us be a part of this fun event! We can't wait until next year ;)

BoomSwagger Crew

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Betty's Show

Last Thursday was absolute insanity as we prepped oodles of fashion forward folks who were walking the runway for Betty's Divine. I must disclose that these are borrowed photos from the lovely Jennifer B. who is a long time client and always the first on the stage for these shows!
So thanks lady!The stunning Jen with a waterfall of luscious curls courtesy of Mario.

Three hot mamas! (Check out Betty's owner Amiee, channeling her inner Bowie)

Work it ladies!
Seriously Steezy!

Many thanks to all the folks involved with the show and if you have pictures from that night that you would like to share, add them to our Facebook page or email them to

BoomSwagger Crew

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My What A Busy Week!

This week has been crazy to say the least! Two of our team was in Las Vegas for a national hair show for the first half of the week and came back with a ton of information and new styling goodies for the staff to "oooh and ahhh" over.

The coolest thing (besides the Twilight themed lip stain Carly got) was a couple of awesome new curling irons. Check out the double barrel on the top one!!
Reminds me of something else that is super sweet...
You also have to, or rather GET to, rock a cool black glove when using these irons because they are clip-less. (ie: there is nothing holding the hair onto the iron, it's just a hot metal wand in your hand!) So for safety sake, you get to rock a Michael Jackson vibe when using them.

We are also teaming up with the lovely staff of Betty's Divine for their Spring fashion show at The Badlander. It's going down TONIGHT around 10p and there is a $3 cover and dollar drinks till midnight!

We're also gearing up for the finale of Project Selvedge which is happening on May 7th.

And of course, we are heading into the summer which means graduations, weddings and lots and lots of hilights! So book early if you have a specific stylist that you are keen on and keep checking back for more awesome discounts and deals from your Hip Strip Salon!

BoomSwagger Crew

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Project Selvedge

For the third week in a row, we helped out fellow Hip Strip business Selvedge Studio with the hair and makeup for Project Selvedge. This week their challenge was color!!

Braided in the front and curled and backcombed on the side!

Pretty in pink!

Channeling her inner punk ;)

The final 4 looks!

The top 3 contestants will take the next two weeks to create a showcase of looks which they will premier on May 7th! You can always check out Selvedge Studio's website for more info:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

♥ BoomSwagger BFF's ♥

BoomSwagger BFF's

While brainstorming for our new promotion, we tried to think about what WE would want out of our salon experience. In these times, I feel like any sort of break on the cost of an appointment would be much welcomed by our bank accounts! But we also wanted it to be fun... So what better way to couple discounts with fun then invite our clientele to bring in a friend and get a discount for doing so. If you (or your friend) are already part of the BoomSwagger Crew and have been to us before, your discount is 5% off any service. If you are new to the salon, it's 10% off!

So, just to clarify, both regulars? 5% off each. Both new? 10% off! One new, one regular? 10% and 5% off respectively. The one catch is that you have to book the appointments together. Which is why it's the BoomSwagger BFF Special. Just remember to mention it when you're booking your appointments!

And BFF doesn't have to mean Best Friend Forever... It could be the Boy (from your) French Final or that Brunette Fannypack Fanatic you know.

Just another way we're trying to make putting Boom in your Swagger affordable on any budget.

BoomSwagger Crew

Monday, April 19, 2010

Coolest 8th Grader You Know!

Last Saturday we had Jordan come in with a couple ideas about having pop color pieces in her hair. She was definitely nervous and her mom even said the night before her appointment she was hesitating and wondering if she should go through with her idea.

I think she made a good choice ;)

Possibly some of the coolest pop color we've had in the shop, Morgan rocked this look for her incorporating blue, green and hot pink highlights within the dark chocolate base color. I am sure she'll be turning heads at school and making everyone jealous! (I know I am a little jealous and I'm 28!!) The best part about a client walking out of the shop looking awesome is that they become a walking billboard for the salon. If they're happy, they're going to spread the word.

Dozens of times a week, we get phone calls from people who have never been in but have a friend, co-worker or even a random stranger, whose hair they loved, who had been in to BoomSwagger.

It's all about word of mouth and for that we are forever in debt to our amazing clientele.

♥ BoomSwagger Crew

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Steez from NC

Our lovely friend and former BoomSwagger client sent us this kick ass photo of himself rocking some sweeeeeeet finger waves. Not a look a lot of dudes can pull off, but then again Justin is not just any guy.
A former model for Betty's Divine and all around cool kid, he's now in enrolled in an Aveda Beauty School in North Carolina. And from the looks of it, he's at the top of his class.

♥ BoomSwagger Crew

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Project Selvedge

For the second week in a row, we helped out fellow Hip Strip business Selvedge Studio with the hair and makeup for Project Selvedge. This week their challenge was screen printing!

Retro glam with a screen print anchor! Ahoy!

Inspired by the red X's at the end of Higgins, this was the winning look!

Greek Goddess
This look had a little bit of a grunge/punk feel with a good girl on the inside ;)

All the lovely looks together! You can always check out their website for more info and see the show live this Friday April 16 @ 7pm at Selvedge Studio.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Amazing Abby!

I wanted to take a minute to introduce our newest addition to the shop. Fresh outta school, Abby won our hearts over as a model at the Avant-Garde Hair Show and is now part of the team as a Front Desk Assistant and our shop apprentice.
The awesome thing about having an apprentice at the shop is that it gives our stylists someone to rely on when they need assistance and also lets the apprentice be paid while they are continuing their education. Salons in larger cities usually require stylists to apprentice for a few YEARS before they are cutting hair on their own. I think we are lucky to be able to provide more hands on experience while getting a great addition to the team!

♥ BoomSwagger Crew

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Project Selvedge

Last week we teamed up with fellow Hip Strip business, Selvedge Studio to do the hair and makeup for Project Selvedge. For those of you unfamiliar with Project Selvedge, think Project Runway with less Tim Gunn and more Matty...
We were lucky enough to be asked to contribute hair and makeup for the models and this last challenge was a doozy! All the clothes has to be made out of paper with additional points for use of recycled/reclaimed materials.

Here's a taste of what you may have missed...

Check out the Selvedge Studio website for more info

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Think Pink!

Most people are either too shy or too scared to do a dramatic pop color in their hair (for anything other than a party or Halloween) but it's a great way to stand out in a crowd. Speaking from personal experience, I have had the Roy G. Biv of hair color through out my life (IE: every shade of the rainbow). But as I started to get into "real" adulthood (early twenties you can still squeeze out of the adult category) my pop color became non-existent. I was too worried about what people would say about a 28 year old with green and blue hair. Could I really sit in a business meeting and be straight faced when my hair looked like a peacock? As it turns out, I could...

Granted, I have it easier because I work at a salon. But I feel like pop colored hair is no different then tattoos or eccentric clothing and within reason, should have a place in the everyday business world.

That being said, we had an amazing chica come into the salon today to try out a vibrant shade of pink. She was in the very capable hands of Morgan, who has had a few clients request pop-colors in their 'dos before. And it turned out awesome...

She was thrilled and I was happy to see another "adult" take the chance on some color.

♥ Kash & the BoomSwagger Crew

Friday, March 26, 2010

Happy (Almost) Birthday!

I cannot believe that we are soon approaching our one year anniversary at BoomSwagger Salon. On Friday April 2nd we will officially cross the one year mark here on the Hip Strip. The past twelve months have been an amazing time for our entire staff and everyones hard work has certainly paid off in a busy schedule and an amazing clientele.


In celebration, we are going to reinstate the "Recession Special" on Mondays. You can get your hair done by an Advanced Stylist at Stylist prices...which means almost 20% less then you would regularly pay. This only applies to specific stylists, so please ask for the "Recession Special" when you are booking.

We are also going to give you 10% off any of our products when you buy three or more throughout the month of April.

It's our birthday, but you're getting all the presents :)

BoomSwagger Crew

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Products and March Makeup Madness!

After a much needed break, we are back on the blog! The big news this month is the new line of Catwalk Curlesque products. You may be familiar with the previous "Curls Rock" line from Catwalk which had the devotion of most every curly-haired female I know. However, Catwalk has started to restructure and rework their entire line and Curls Rock has transformed into Curlesque. The packaging has a much more refined look and the products are better than ever.

They kept the formulas on their best sellers like the Curl Amplifier the same (I think they would have had a riot on their hands otherwise), but added some fancy science-y stuff to some of their new styling products. For example, they now have two mousses in the collection which have "Total Style Recall Technology". In layman's terms, you can scrunch your second day hair back to the original style without the use of extra products, water, etc.

Our manager Crystal's perm is looking more full and less frizzy with the new products. And even though it's been a good 20 years since she used mousse, she's already purchased the Strong Mousse and is carrying it around in her purse in case of hair emergencies.

To get the full rundown on the new product line check out Tigi's website.

Also, this month is MARCH MAKEUP MADNESS!!! Which means any of the awesome Bedhead makeup that we carry can be snatched up for a steal. When you buy any three or more products you get 10% off the whole sha' bang. (and who needs only one eye shadow anyway?)

♥ BoomSwagger Crew

Friday, February 26, 2010


Models, pre-runway show... We had 15 fabulous models that tore up the Badlander last night!

Sweet enough to eat! Brooke's model got a cotton-candy hair do and some candy sprinkle lips.
Models getting the rundown before the doors open.
Let's start the show!

Many thanks to every model, stylist, DJ, photograher, bartender and audience member who made this show such an amazing night for everyone involved.