For our new Stylist Spotlight blogs, we will be focusing on one stylist at a time, featuring some of their favorite makeovers. From consultation, to inspiration and processing, to the gorgeous results! This month our spotlight is on stylist, Amber. Consult: What is our […]
(by Amber Saban)
So, you want to try a bold bright fashion color? Daring to change your hair can be daunting with so many unknowns. How do I achieve the brilliant colors I see in photographs? How can I maintain it at home for longer? How do I keep my hair from becoming unhealthy? This blog will help answer a lot of your questions.
Preparation: Before your appointment
For many of the fashion colors (purple, blue, silver, etc.), stylists need to have a near white canvas in order to achieve true and even tones. Bleach is unavoidable, but minimizing damage is. Two weeks (or longer) before your appointment you can begin to prep your hair and make it as healthy, and as strong, as possible making breakage minimal. During those few weeks, less is more will be the key. Don’t over style! Too much heat could dry out your hair and make it more likely to become damaged when bleaching. Instead of using your wand curling iron, braid your hair the night before and wake up with beautiful curls heat free! Deep condition 1-2 times a week and use leave in conditioner or hair oil when styling/air drying. Having well moisturized, healthy hair will help prevent damage during the next step…
Achieving: It’s a process…
Let’s be frank, if you walk in with dark hair and want to have light silver hair, you can’t expect that to happen in just one sitting. But if you’re willing to put in some extra time over a few appointments, you can enjoy the color you want while keeping the health and length of your hair intact. Trust in your stylist to help you decide what is possible and to give you an approximate time frame.
The process itself is pretty straight-forward, despite being time intensive. Depending on the style of your fashion color dreams (ombre, roots to ends, dip dye, opal, oil slick, multiple colors, etc.) the number of steps can vary. Be sure to consult with your stylist about which approach might be best for your lifestyle (and pocketbook).
Maintaining: The rest is up to you!
Typically, for vivid or pastel colors, they will only stay even and vibrant in your hair for about 2-3 weeks. Depending on how much you want to preserve the original color, that means you’ll need to see your stylist about once a month for a refresh. In between those appointments, there are a few things you can do at home to help.
First, using the products your stylists recommends will make all the difference. Color safe shampoo or even a specialty color deposit shampoo (that they can special order for you in your desired color) will help protect your color and add moisture to your hair. Secondly, warmer water opens up your hair and accelerates color loss. Using water as cold as you can handle is ideal because it helps to lock in your color and adds shine (and wakes you up better than a cup of coffee!). Lastly, minimizing the number of times you have to wash your hair is preferred. Using a dry shampoo in between washes can help to extend your style by 2-3 days. Even with all of these tips, all fashion colors still fade! However, having ever-changing hair can be part of the adventure.
Having one-of-a-kind hair can take a lot of work but it can also be a lot of fun. Your hair is the one accessory you can’t take off, so live a little! If you’re up to the challenge, then an unique color can be a bold fashion statement.
Call and book a free consult with one of our stylists to talk about your fashion color today!
by Amber Saban. At this year’s Golden Globes, celebrities took their chances with new intriguing hairstyles. Instead of opting for edgy, “done but un-done”, and disheveled styles.-something we saw a lot of in 2015-we saw so many stars walk down the carpet looking amazingly polished. […]
(by Jody Miller Johns) If the Oscar’s are any insight into what will be hot this spring, the trend is undeniable…gorgeous skin! Celebrities of every age were showing off glowing skin last weekend. That oh-so desirable dewey look starts with healthy, moisturized skin, a perfectly […]
(by Jody Miller Johns)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’re aware that one of the fastest growing trends these days is all about the dudes.
From high-and-tights to handlebars and barber parts to beards, mens grooming services have grown exponentially since 2013 and we don’t see it slowing down any time soon.
Here in the salon, we’ve always had a steady male clientele. We believe that, in addition to giving a great cut, we offer a laid-back atmosphere that doesn’t feel too frou-frou, but still seems like a treat…the perfect compromise for a guy who wants to look great, but doesn’t want to work hard at it. But lately, we’ve been noticing a change in our clientele. It started out slowly, but is now starting to skyrocket. You see, every client wants to know what WE would do different. It’s something we get asked all the time. “I’m up for a change. Any ideas?” And usually, we have plenty. But when it comes to men, it’s so much harder! I mean, how many ways can you wear short hair?
Apparently, A LOT.
Once the trends in cut & style started shifting, our adventurous guys were already on board and our curious clients were definitely intrigued. Some of them took a little longer to hook, but once they got a taste, there was no going back. Then, we added a luxury product line designed with men in mind and, along with it, a few indulgent services that only a boy would enjoy.
The rest, as they say, is history.
So fast forward to today…you can’t round a corner without running into a dapper looking dude who doesn’t even deny that he spent 25 minutes, used 3 different products, a comb, AND a blowdryer to get his hair to look that good and we’re only talking about the hair on his head! Once you factor in facial hair, today’s man is spending upward of 30 minutes a day putting himself together and I must say that I’m a fan.
These guys aren’t the metrosexual men of the past…they’re put-together, not “pretty”. There is something to be said about a man looking rugged and respectable at the same time. Today’s man can rock a 3-piece suit, jeans & a flannel, or a tank & board shorts all in the same day without changing his hair and without looking forced. Their style is so versatile that, in a neutral situation, you can’t tell if he’s a hipster or a high-priced attorney.
If you or the men in your life haven’t experienced our updated grooming services, it’s about time. Ask for a hot towel treatment with your next haircut and, in addition to our signature shampoo and scalp massage, you’ll be treated to a quick facial massage, hot towel, and oil for your beard. The products keep the hair on your face soft and shiny while also nourishing your skin underneath. Every stylist offers up free style coaching with every service so you’ll leave knowing what to use and how to use it. An amazing cut is no good if you can’t recreate it on your own. We also offer complimentary clean-up appointments to keep your cut looking “fresh-to-death” in between your regularly scheduled appointments. It only takes a minute to trim up the back of the neck and around the ears, but it prolongs your style for a couple more weeks. Now doesn’t that $30 price tag seem like a smokin’ deal compared to the $8 hack job you’re used to?
I thought so.
Call to schedule your appointment today and get your first hot towel treatment for FREE!