Category Archives: creative endeavors


  hair… What were you thinking? Nice pampering session with your favorite esthetician? Something nasty, not so nasty? Nope. I’m obsessed with mens’ grooming,  Chicago’s behind a bit but you’ll notice, barber shops are quickly becoming infused with the beauty-industry. I remember when the big annual National Beauty Show was only for cosmetologists. I don’t even think barbers… Continue Reading

what’s your fantasy?

Recently, I’ve taken a mini-vaca from most of social media, aside from being a bit of a voyer; just looking. After having shared a disturbing video on FB, my son instantaneously texted me, advising me to “keep it light.” That sent me into a tail-spin and though I didn’t think that piece warranted a veto,… Continue Reading

Sports -jake shlofrock → Is it me, or does an NFL quarterback have certain responsibilities?

The Shlaef Says…  To be a leader, a field general, a calming presence in the huddle is essential to any National Football League QB’s success.  I grew up worshipping the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees.  These are gentlemen who preach more than just football and gamesmanship on the field.  They have… Continue Reading

Sports! Ace this golfers! Pucker up hockey buzz! Shoot a basket here, basket-ball jones! One, two three, HUT!

Let’s ralley! A sports column… I’ve observed Mr. Shlofrock, evolve through the years into a passionate young man. With the wind at his back and the ground under his feet, Jake Shlofrock, aka his pen, “The Shlaef Says,” embellishes the passion he dons for sports, and the players who make it special. Shlofrock’s confidence is… Continue Reading

I have a Zen approach…

Trying to describe how you want your hair is somewhat like trying to describe a color. Virtually impossible. I feel very strongly about conversing in a visual language when it comes to describing the vision you have, for the look you’d like to acheive. I often wonder why a client feels intimidated at times, to show… Continue Reading


    Thejstrand is dedicated to the vision of my children: Olivia, Cody, Jonah and Skyler! ..through a brilliant prism of light that Steve Jobs has been shining notably since he was 20 years old. With out the vision and creative mind of Steve Jobs, our creative endeavors certainly would not be the same. Through his… Continue Reading