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Emerson Salon is the best hair salon on Capitol Hill, Seattle. Our experienced hair stylists and colorists have been fusing the latest trends with top hair techniques for years. Whether you’re looking to transform your look in Seattle with a new haircut and color or just maintain your already hip style, we are here and ready to help.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Hairstyle Hacks for Home

diy Our clients tell us constantly,

I can never make my hair look like you do in the salon!”

     Its a very big compliment that people in our chair appreciate our work but we also want to help empower you to try out new things at home. You shouldn’t have to work too hard to spice up your style…..

We are here to give you some tips on how to best get easy-to-do styles at home……

 

When trying out new styles:

  • Be patient with yourself. It takes time and practice to try new things! 
  • Have some tools on hand: fine toothed comb, boar bristle brush, bobby pins, flexible hairspray and/or a sticky pomade
  • For medium to longer hair: use a blowdryer with a concentrator nozzle to minimize frizz and a 1-2″ curling iron for curl, wave and movement.
  • Always practice the style once before executing for an event. It takes a lot of the anxiety out of the whole process to have already tried and learned a couple things.

Part of feeling confident with your hair is knowing what it does best. Check out some of these tips for different hair types:

-If you have straight, medium to long length hair: Braids can be a great way to create fun styles that make you look fresh and unique. Try this tutorial for getting the hair out of your face with a faux waterfall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBMiWAQQ1FI—- or if you are feeling extra daring- try some of these easy retro styles: http://www.thefashionspot.com/beauty/508461-retro-hair-tutorials/

- If you have shorter hair of any texture: Try playing with a different side part or use a texture product. We highly recommend Night Rider by Kevin Murphy. Whether your hair is fine, medium, thick, straight, wavy or curly- this product can add texture and hold with ease. But be careful! It gets sticky quickly so we recommend trying to recreate a short haired style with a picture you like so you get it right the first time. Take a look at Kevin Murphy working with it himself: http://kevinmurphy.com.au/video/night-rider/

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-If you have wavy/curly medium to long length hair: We say embrace it! Having  textured hair is special and you should show it off! Try using Moroccan Oil products to moisturize and bring out the best of your curl. Scrunch in the Original Treatment Oil on damp hair and diffuse or air dry. For some more volume and fun, use their Volumizing Mousse  with a slow velocity blowdryer as you lift the roots to create body and soft, touchable volume. Or layer on a little iron curl on the ends to create more movement and definition. Coupled with a new side or middle part this effortless look can take you from day into night!

…..Or if you want someone to help teach you, one of our fabulous independent stylists is ready to assist you! Book with one today at www.emersonsalon.com.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Frolicking, Fun Hair at Festivals

The music festival season is upon us! When the sun comes out, the desire to dance  outside and listen to top acts strut their stuff means you have to have fun hair! (Duh!)

Here we review some of the looks we saw popping up at SXSW and Coachella recently as you prepare for Sasquatch and other fests…

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The trendiest women’s hair colors are pastels this spring. Light Teal, slate gray and pale lilac (see right above) are all the rage and young women are calling off the hook at the salon for them! It is good  for you to know, however,that in order to achieve these looks that there will be bleaching involved. Hair must be lifted to a pale white/yellow blond in order for any pastel to show up. Otherwise the remaining pigment in the hair will override the color you are trying to achieve (imagine trying to put pale blue on yellow/gold hair- yellow and blue makes green! no bueno!)

Bleaching the hair to this level  of lightness can be extremely damaging to the hair and can be costly for you as a client. So, if you want to avoid hair breakage – you can always opt for a nice wig (see Kylie Jenner above) or try a colored hair powder or spray and set it with some flexible hairspray like AllAround by ColorProof so it will not rub off on clothes or friends you hug. These methods simply wash out in the shower with shampoo and water but be careful- if your hair is porous or damaged it could stain the hair a tad.

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If you are just looking for some fun styles to try to wear at our own Capitol Hill Block Party (July 24-26) in Seattle, try some fun braids! You can do some beach waves with Hair Resort by Kevin.Murphy and take a small, reverse french braid down the center part (left above) or try a loosened up french braid (right above.)  Need some tips? Try watching this YouTube tutorial here.

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Guys like to have fun with their festival hair too!

You could try what has been playfully coined,”The Lumbersexual Look,” (see left above) which is a very tight fade/clipper cut with a buzzed in part along the disconnection, longer hair on top (for parting and pompadour-ing) and a full beard that dramatically transitions in the sideburn area. Try using Night Rider or Super Goo by Kevin Murphy to help hold the coiffed style on top. Or you can try a clean and tight taper cut with a dreaded/messy top (see right above, Vic Mesa at Coachella.)

Bring your inner boho-chic out with these festival trends and make sure to hit up Emerson Salon for all your hair needs- our independent hairstylists are excited to work with you! Book with one directly today….

 

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Ready for Red?

Have you been contemplating doing some sort of fun red haircolor?

Trying to figure out the best option for you? Here we give you some tips on different applications and also how to maintain the new hue!

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If you have medium-long length brown to dark brown hair, try using hand painted balayage to add some red in. Your coloring helps dictate what shade of red will look best with your skin tone and eyes. You could try copper, red, or red violet. With your colorist, play with color swatches against your face to discover which tone will highlight you best. This service will most likely include bleaching the mid-ends softly before depositing your desired shade.

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If you are feeling extra bold and sassy, try going for all over red haircolor! This is more easily achieved on medium-light colored hair as adding in red is usually a one step process if you already have highlights. If not, again, bleaching may need to occur to lift out a darker hue so that the red will look its punchiest. Whether you want to go full on copper like Christina Hendricks (above) or to go more of a natural red like Emma Stone or a candy apple red all over- this look will get you noticed and will be the most dramatic transformation you’ve ever tried!

TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR GORGEOUS RED HAIR!

  1. Red hair always fades the fastest. Science debates as to why but all we know is that its difficult to keep it looking as fresh as they day you got it. This is the reality of red hair and even with the best care it fades so make sure you are prepared for the upkeep! It is important to know that for more vivid color, that the colorist might have to use a semi permanent that will show up best but does not last as long. Oxidative colors sometimes cannot look as rich and translucent as semi-permanents. A great way to make semi-permanents last longer is to use heat to drive the color into the hairs’ structure. Always use a professional colorist in these situations because they know the limits of the color lines they work with best and can adjust your service accordingly.
  2. Shampoo as little as possible. Use powdered dry shampoo before and after workouts and in between washing. You can even use a blowdryer on the roots to help burn off some of the oil deposited by your scalp.
  3. Use a professional level, color safe, sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Sulfates are salts and they strip your color right out of your hair. Using the best quality products will help maintain the investment in your new haircolor!
  4. Protect your hair from the sun and heat. Wear a scarf or hat and/or use a hair sunscreen like Moroccan Oil with UV inhibitors and thermal protectan to shield the color from the fading UV rays. Its also always smart to use heat tools on a medium setting in order to prevent high heat from burning the color out of your hair.
  5. Schedule regular touch-ups/refresh and conditioning service. The best way to keep red looking awesome is to refresh it every 4-6 weeks. You can always pair this with a moisturizing conditioning treatment so that the hair will best hold the color.
  6. Ask your colorist to use a clear gloss on top. This insures that the color will last the longest. When you shampoo, the gloss will be going down the drain more than the red haircolor.

Ready to take the plunge with new red hair? Check out our experience stylists’ profiles and book an appointment with one today!

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Top 10: Things Hairstylists Want You to Know

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  • A trim is NOT just a trim when it comes to price:    “Price isn’t based on how much is taken off, but how much is left on.” Unless you are getting a brief neck or bang trim that is a quick 5 minute touch up- there is no cost difference related to how much hair is being cut off. Stylists generally price their services based on the amount of shampoo, conditioner, styling product and time is necessary to execute a full service.  Some stylists spend  years learning advanced techniques, take time outside of work expanding their skills, marketing themselves and staying up on current trends and techniques. So understand that pricing is not always about your head of hair. It is possible that a stylist will knock off a little $ if you come in with your hair clean and freshly washed but that is always up to the discretion of the stylist.

 

  • Research your new stylist and make an appointment MORE THAN 48 hrs in ADVANCE:   It is generally a good idea to try and find out a specific stylists’ specialties, schedule, pricing, years of experience and reviews before booking. This helps to align you with someone who has the best possible scenario to make you happy. Also, if you are looking for an extensive service like a smoothing treatment or haircolor it is best to schedule ahead of time. These services require 2 hours or more to execute and salons may not be able to accommodate you if you walk in wanting the service on the spot.

 

Sticky note on calendarEvenings and Saturdays are the highest demand time slots.  If you already know you are only able to schedule at specific times- make sure to request the time far enough in advance. Its first come first serve when it comes to slotting in clients on a schedule. Don’t Snooze So You Don’t Lose that Prime Appointment Slot! It never hurts to book well in advance.

 

 

  • Take a Picture of that Last Cut That You Loved:  Stylists see many, many different people in their chair. Its easy to write down a color formula but trying to remember the haircut we gave you the time before last can be challenging. So, keep a record of your favorite haircuts by us on your phone! We love recreating something that worked well for you.

 

  • A Stylist’s #1 Goal is to Make You Happy!  Stylists are the ultimate people-pleasers. When you are unhappy, we sometimes beat ourselves up over it for weeks. Most hair professionals will not “mess up on purpose,” as that is no way to build a career. Sometimes, stuff happens and we will move heaven and earth to make sure you are content. We form relationships with clients and care deeply about your satisfaction and well being. So, listen to us when we tell you your hair will possibly break off from bleach damage. Take the product recommendations that will best assist your hair’s health and color. Or, listen to your stylist about how that haircolor would be best if it was slightly adjusted for your coloring. We trained extensively to understand how colors and cuts look on different face shapes, hair types and skin tones and can guide you towards something that ultimately works best for you, your style and budget.

 

tipemTipping should be between 15-25% of the service:  Your hair professional makes you look and feel fabulous! So reward them with a gratuity so they know you appreciate them. Conducting the service itself has cost factors involved: Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling Product, and/or Bleach/Haircolor and most stylists have to provide their own health insurance as well. Not all of the $ from the service goes into the stylist’s pocket. Also, consider the toll on the stylist it is to be on their feet all day. Make sure they can make a living wage from hairstyling by making sure they know you appreciate them beyond a compliment on their work. We aren’t in it exclusively for the money- we are passionate about hair but being able to make rent in a pricey urban area sure is nice!

 

  • If you are beyond 15 minutes late, it is our right to alter or to reschedule your appointment:  Successful stylists manage their time like organized officianados. Clients are booked to the minute and if the time left is not sufficient to conduct the service the stylist may ask to reschedule or to eliminate one of the services you booked for that time (do the cut instead of cut and color.) You don’t want the stylist to rush your service and risk making you unhappy in the process. In addition, asking your stylist to be late with their next client could cause them to lose said client and mess up the entire day’s schedule of services.

 

  • Avoid cancelling last minute at ALL COSTS:  Most stylists don’t charge a cancellation fee because its difficult to secure credit card numbers and we understand that stuff happens. However, extreme circumstances  (you lost your day care, someone passed, you got in a car accident, etc) are the times acceptable to cancel day of or right before an appointment. We held the slot for you so we could make $ – this is our career and we have bills to pay too! Someone else could have been slotted in- many people ask to be notified in case of a cancellation. You changing your mind about that haircut service because it’s nice out is considered rude and disrespectful. Would you like it if we up and cancelled on you last minute? Probably not!

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Unless it is an advertised kids’ salon, a child’s haircut can cost as much as an adult:  Our time is valuable and if a haircut takes 45 minutes-1 hour it is going to be charged accordingly. Most adult salons won’t do haircuts of children under the age of 7 as they do not sit still long enough for an appropriate haircut.  You can always ask the individual stylist what they are comfortable with and how much they feel the haircut is worth. But ultimately, if they aren’t comfortable cutting your child’s hair that is their prerogative.

 

Malinois-Puppy-Pulls-on-Leash-SmallWe are not a babysitter or dog wrangler!  If you must bring your small child (under the ae of 12) or dog to the salon, pre-warn your stylist. They may opt to reschedule your service if you cannot guarantee the child to remain respectful and quiet in a place of business. Remember, you are also most likely not the only one receiving a service. Its up to you to understand that a salon is where some people go to escape and relax when they get their hair done and might not want a whining dog or babbling toddler interrupting their service. Also, some stylists or clients are allergic to some types of dogs or have dog anxieties.

A stylist’s career is dependent on you and your patronage but a stylist’s happiness with you as a client is directly related to how you respect and behave towards them.

LOVE your stylist- that love will be returned with a service that makes you look and FEEL amazing with yourself and your hair!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Sexy Men’s Hair

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 Do you get uncomfortable trying to tell your stylist what type of short men’s haircut you prefer?

Here are some tips on how to talk about getting a new look:

1) Learn some basic terminology: Taper, Block, Fade, Layers

(We also found a great terminology guide here that has some pics: http://www.ftmguide.org/haircuts.html)

      – TAPER: Looking at the picture above, see how the hair moves down the head from longer to shorter to nothing? That is what we call tapering. This can be done with clippers but can also be detailed and perfected with shear over comb or other techniqgues. It leaves an undefinable difference between hair and the neckline.

      -BLOCK: When a barber or stylist asks you if you like the back “blocked off” it means there is still some hair bulk that can be cut so there is a definable line at the hairline.

      -FADE: This refers to the technique of blending the different lengths as it is tapered. Otherwise, you can see obvious differences between the lengths. For example, if the hair was not faded like in the picture above you could see heavy weight lines from the bulk that has been left.

      -LAYERS: This refers to the act of using scissors to remove weight from the hair. This technique can help blend longer hair down into shorter, more faded lengths. This technique is helpful in softening the bulk on the top and crown of the head.

2) Learn what type of hair you have:

     -Fine, Medium, Thick (refers to each individual hair’s thickness)

     – Straight, Wavy, Curly, Kinky (refers to texture)

     – Thin, Medium or Thick Density (refers to density of hair)

Once you know what type of hair you have it is much easier to try and find pictures of haircuts that would work best with your hair type. Google mens cut+ your hair type and look in the images portion of the search results. Or, use Pinterest! Stylists love looking at pictures of what you are looking for in your new haircut! Also, it helps you to understand how your hair will work for your new haircut.

3) Make sure to tell your stylist what has and has not worked for your hair in the past.

Do you have any odd cowlicks or growth patterns? Does you hair stick out as it grows back in? Does your hair hate razor cuts or thinning shears? No sense in repeating ickyness from old haircuts! 

4) Ask the stylist to recommend the right product for the haircut you are asking for.

No sense in wearing that awesome new do without the right product to help show it off! TIP: Have the stylist give you a brief tutorial on how to put it into your hair. Do you need a comb? Can you use your fingers? Do you have to do any heat styling? TIP: The top 2 products for men at Emerson Salon are the lightweight Easy Rider and the matte ,firm hold Night Rider by Kevin Murphy.

Men’s short haircuts grows quickly so changing your style every few months is possible for many  men! Try out one of our EXCITING stylists at Emerson Salon for your next haircut …….

 

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Cosplay Hair Play…

It is convention season here in Seattle! It is when many cartoon, anime, sci fi fans or “nerds” descend with a hunger for dressing up like their favorite  movie, tv or comic book characters. Many spend all year designing, constructing and coordinating their outfits so they can visit their heroes and favorite celebrities. And of course, hair is an extremely important component to looking just like them!

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EMERALD CITY COMI-CON is March 27-29 info at:  http://emeraldcitycomicon.com/ 

Emerald City Comi-Con is for the comic book or graphic novel fan. They have many booths, photo and signing opportunities in addition to panels discussing particular topics. We are particularly interested in the panel for,”Body Confidence and Positivity in Cosplay,” with Ivy Doomkitty. Its important to own it when you cosplay!

Some of the many celebrity guests are: Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troy) of Star Trek Next Generation, Morena Baccarin of Firefly and Serenity, Steven Yeun (Glenn) and Scott Wilson of the Walking Dead, Clark Gregg of Agents of the S.H.I.E.L.D.

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NORWESCON is April 2-5 info at http://www.norwescon.org/

Norwescon is one of the largest US sci-fi and fantasy based conventions.  This year, George R.R. Martin of Game Of Thrones fame will be the official guest of honor. In addition, astronomor Amy Mainzer will be the Science guest of honor.

 

 

 

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SAKURA CON is April 3-5 info at http://www.sakuracon.org/

Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well-attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Anime is a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children.

Imagine trying to recreate all of these AMAZING looks! For the hair, we generally are SO excited to create something outside the box for a client getting ready to cosplay for a convention.

 

 

CREATING THESE HAIR LOOKS

You could buy an inexpensive, synthetic wig that is easy to put on and won’t cause issues with your own hair! Here are some great websites for wig purchase (order now so you will get them in time for your convention!)

If you are looking to revamp your own hair we recommend learning about extreme haircoloring on our blogpost here: http://emersonsalon.com/2015/03/wow-extreme-color-trends-2015.html. The best products for softly styled looks: Moroccan Oil. Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity and Alterna Caviar Working Spray. For extreme looks: Night Rider by Kevin Murphy,  and Session Spray by KM. You can also book a styling appointment or consultation with one of our fabulously talented independent hairstylists. It can be SO helpful to get tips and advice from a pro for a specific,elaborate look. They can recommend the right techniques and products- or you can have them do the entire ‘do for the event! Its worth the $ to pay a knowledgeable stylist to eliminate stress and anxiety the day of the con! Take a look at the profiles  here on www.emersonsalon.com and book with one today!

Enjoy playing dress up and make sure to get lots of pictures to show off your fun look with the world!

 

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

WOW! Extreme Color Trends 2015

Emerson Salon is situated smack dab in the center of Seattle’s urban area that includes students, professionals, young style mavens,  artists and the LGBTQ community. This creates a cornucopia of hair styles and hair colors to stare at up and down  the Pike and Pine  corridor near where the salon is located.  We have MANY clients ask for exciting and bold shades of extreme haircolors like red, blue, green, etc.  Extreme haircolor is generally a bold semi permanent color that is deposited following a bleaching service.

 

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  1. Some colors require the hair to be the lightest shade of blond to show up. Example: Any pastel hue will need to be on light blond or almost white hair. Deep Purple can go on hair that is medium blond or caramel color. If your hair is previously colored or naturally dark it may be very damaging to get your hair to a lightness that will show a pastel best. So, we recommend being flexible with what you want as we generally aren’t going to attempt to bleach you to lightest blond if we think your hair may break due to aggressive bleaching.
  2. Once bleached, your hair will be sensitive to high heat or too much shampooing. High heat can cause major breakage on the now delicate bleached and colored hair so we recommend a medium setting. Shampooing every other day is not recommended as the color washes out with every shampoo. TIP: Get a custom color conditioner made by an Emerson Stylist by  Evo’s Fabuloso Pro. Whatever goes down the drain can be replaced by a color conditioner to help make the gorgeous shade last.
  3. Many of our stylists use Professional Pravana Haircolor ChromaVivids.  It is MUCH better than Manic Panic, Special Effects or drugstore color. Why?

A) Pravana has silk proteins which help mend the hair prior to bleaching

B) The pigments are higher quality and can be made to last longer by adding heat for 20-30min. without a cap.

C) the residue will NOT stain your items and will wash out with hot water, soap and oxiclean or bleach. TIP: if you get an extreme                              haircolor, avoid white towels, shirts and linens for the first week or two. The residue is known to leak or rub off sometimes. Make                             sure to clip hair away from neck and face to avoid residue transfer during sleep.

OR, if you want something that is completely temporary and will generally wash ALL the way out on light colored hair we can use Fabuloso Pro (see below) that is a semi permanent based on fabric dye to give you a fun new color for a 3-5 weeks only!

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Here at Emerson Salon we want to make you happy and will design the look based on your hair needs. If you are willing to come in every 4-6 weeks then we say GO FOR IT! Do the color all over and rock out that new fantastic hue! If you do not want to be coming in every 4-6 weeks we recommend a balayaged color that will leave more root to buffer grow out. OR! try a blended dip-dyed effect that focuses the color only on the mid shaft and ends.

What are the latest trends  for extreme haircolor? We are seeing a lot of different shades of teal and green, muted pink and icy blue (see images above) or violet gray. We recently saw a challenging extreme haircolor called,”Pixelated haircolor” that creates small boxes of veiled, extreme color that is outline by a dark brown or black color (see below.)

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Be Bold, Be Brave and book a service for that AMAZING and VIBRANT color you’ve been wishing for, our independent stylists here at Emerson Salon would love to have YOU in their chair!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Exciting Oscar’s Hair 2015

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We recently did a post about the conservative hair we recently saw on the Golden Globes Red Carpet. Now, we will point out the more daring looks of the Oscars parade of hair and gowns for the Academy Awards. We saw quite a bit of predictable hair but below we recount the ‘dos that excited us the most!

Our first prize for bold hair at the Oscars goes to Kelly Osbourne (left above.) She not only paired her recent shade of pale lilac with a great gown but she had a very interesting french twist on the center, top of her head. It was sleek and shiny and helped to seemingly elongate her height in the black high-low gown she chose.

Our second prize for bold hair goes to the inimitable Lady Gaga. She is known the world over for the beautiful lace front wigs she dons for press and performances and this is no exception.  This wig’s color has a deep, ashy root subtly blended into a greyish platinum blond that is styled in loose waves. When trying to achieve similar looks to these we recommend a cocktail of Young.Again Immortelle Oil with Anti Gravity by Kevin Murphy. Apply to towel dried hair and blow dry 100% and then iron curl horizontally in big sections before using a boar bristle brush.

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We give honorable mentions to singer Rita Ora and actress Emma Stone. Rita has cropped her hair short and bleached and toned it a light, warm beige color. At the Golden Globes she wore her hair piece-y and funky but in this rendition she opted for a side part with a slick, wet look.  Very classic and refined comparatively to how we saw her new hair styled previously.

Emma has finally returned to the brilliant shade of deep copper red that we know and love her for after donning blond for the last couple years.  This shade of hair coupled with side pinning loose finger waves is perfect for pairing with her vintage inspired dress. Want your hair to stay like theirs? Use Session Spray by Kevin Murphy when finishing your style and it will hold all night whether you are relaxing or dancing the night away like the stars at the Oscar after parties!

Come meet  with one of our awesome stylists and let them help you glow like these celebrities on the red carpet….Book with an independent Emerson stylist by clicking on their profile today!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Your Hair’s Unique Chemistry

 

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At Emerson Salon, each of our experienced independent stylists work hard to give each individual client specific attention in order to deliver a successful service to a satisfied client. Inherently, hairstylists are people pleasers and will generally work very hard with you to help you manage your expectations as well as trying to give you your requested haircolor.  HOWEVER!

  • We must explain and impress upon you that coloring hair is a CHEMICAL PROCESS. Whether you are permanently or temporarily coloring your hair- there are always chemicals involved. Also, just because something says it is “All Natural”, “No Ammonia” or “All Organic” does not mean there aren’t naturally occurring chemicals in the ingredients that can cause damage or issues with your hair. Some  “no ammonia” hair colors can actually do more to damage than and can create a false expectation in the user that they are doing something “healthy” for their hair. They use an ammonia derivative (MEA) that keeps aggressively working and working until it is shampooed out.

             (For example: You just got your hair highlighted a perfect neutral shade of blond and then you use a shampoo and conditioner with chamomile in it. Chamomile will enhance and give warm tones to your beautiful color and possibly ruin the work your professional stylist has achieved. Always take the advice from your stylist on the best professional products on your hair to help maintain your lovely look!)

  • Your hair and its follicle are fed nutrients from your blood and dermal system. Everything you do and everything you put into your body and/eat can contribute to how hair color interacts with your hair. Government agencies can test your hair for drugs because drugs stay longer on your hair than in your blood system or cells.

           (For example: If you are on any or multiple medications or your diet has changed, make sure to tell your stylist. Medication buildup on your hair can make hair color grab cooler or may not completely cover grey. If you have been eating unhealthily, this also can change the health and fullness of your hair. Your stylist can adjust how they achieve your hair color based on this information and can help to avoid a “bad color” by doing so.) (Another example: If you are gluten intolerant, PPD sensitive, or have skin sensitivities also tell your hairstylist so a skin issue doesn’t occur during your service. A skin  patch test can always be done to see if the haircolor will be an issue.)

  • There are many people that go to years and years of school to understand organic chemistry and how  chemicals interact with the body and hair. Hairstylists are not licensed chemists but are trained on how to achieve the most predictable results for what they are trying to achieve. They understand the hair’s BASIC chemistry and structure but do not have the in depth expertise to know how every chemical used on you might react with YOUR body and hair’s unique chemisty. Unfortunately, the hair has its own ideas when it comes to that and it is a stylists job to make sure they prepare for every scenario. Just because your haircolor turns out unexpectedly also does not mean your colorist is imcompetent. Of course, if a foil has bled or the application method is wrong those are within the colorists control. Just understand, it is possible for the chemicals to behave outside of prediction and most colorists will work with you to rectify it.
  • The hair’s chemical history can be very complicated to work with especially if you have multiple color services on your hair. If you had old highlights, then covered them up with box color and then go to get new highlights- it is possible the hair’s damage will make it break or the color may react oddly due to the mixture of history on the hair.

The important lesson to learn is that you should work closely with whomever is coloring your hair. Give all the information you can think of to give and realize that a stylist hasn’t failed because 5% of your hair isn’t to expectation. Usually, if their is an adjustment needed a stylist will offer a “fix” up to 2 weeks after the initial service if you are using recommended shampoo and support products.

Its all part of forming a long term relationship with a colorist who’s ultimate goal is to make you happy and to create great word of mouth for new clients. Create a lasting relationship with one of our experienced independent stylists by contacting on of ours directly today!

 

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Get Valentine’s Day Hair!


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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Here at Emerson we jokingly call it,”Commercialized Love Holiday.”

You do not have to spend tons of $ to get in the Valentine’s spirit. Above are some examples of how to make hearts in your  longer hair. The first is two braids rolled into a heart shape and pinned in the back of a  hairstyle. The second image above are 2 small braids put into a ponytail and looped through. Another braid is made just underneath the loop to bring the two prong braid into the second set below it. TIP: use clear small elastics to secure the braids so they do not interfere with the look. Lastly, a special one sided french braid on either side of a center part  can be curved into a heart and secured in the back. HINT: Make sure to use a sticky wax like Night Rider by Kevin Murphy so the pieces do not slip out of the braid. It also keeps little flyaways from popping out of the braid.

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Short hair can be fun to do something with for Valentine’s Day! Feeling Bold? Try out this buzz tattoo of heart with a red hairspray (can be found at Champion Costume Supply in Seattle) filling in the heart as shown below. Grows out within a month and then you can start fresh!

We LOVE all our Stylists and Hair Clients at Emerson Salon. Happy Love Day and we hope to share some TLC with your hair soon. Book directly with an Emerson Salon stylist through their individual profile TODAY!