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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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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Bridal Beauty Basics

Wedding season is almost upon us and brides everywhere are prepping for their big day. Whether you are getting married soon or sometime down the line…. Our bridal hair specialist, D’Arcy Harrison, gives you some tips to make sure you look and feel your best on the big day!

bridal#1. Make sure to get a trim and fresh color no less than 2-4 weeks before the big day. Most likely you have been growing your hair to allow for more length in an updo or formal style so it will be necessary to get any split ends off. If you are getting your hair colored we recommend a soft to moderate balayage highlight in order to show off the movement of your hairstyle in pictures. If you have dark hair, highlighting will be essential to seeing the detail of your hair in pictures. Also, if there are any unpredicted hiccups with your hair color there is still time to perfect it with your colorist. D’Arcy urges patience as well,”Sometimes chemicals do unpredictable things even with the most experienced hair colorist. Last thing you want is to be unhappy with a hair color you received a couple days before the wedding when you have no extra time to come back in. Perfection sometimes cannot be achieved in one sitting so prepare for Murphy’s Law and leave a margin for error by getting the color done well enough ahead of time.”

#2. I highly recommend scheduling a practice 2-4 weeks before the wedding day. It helps get game plan out of the way and helps you to create a solid communication with your stylist before you hit the big day which is usually filled with nervous and excited anxiety,” says D’Arcy. When doing bridal practices, D’Arcy charges a flat rate for 2 hours of work and provides you with pictures of the different looks so can share with family and friends. If you cannot schedule a practice its always good to send your stylists a couple looks of what you are going for in addition to a picture of what your hair looks like now.

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#3 Don’t  allow the pressures of family or friends to alter how you want to look and feel on your wedding day. We’ve all been there. Your mom or bridesmaid comes to the salon with you to get your hair done and has their own idea of how you need to look. “Remember, its YOUR day and if you feel uncomfortable with their suggestions make sure they know not to worry and that you and your stylist have already discussed what you would like,” advises D’Arcy. Last thing you want is tension and drama about your hair when its how you have envisioned looking for over 6 mos. to longer. Of course, if you agree with them on some feedback on your hair make sure to tell the stylist you think that is a good idea and to adjust the style for you accordingly.

#4 Always bring pictures! Bring the pictures you want to use as a guide for the type of look and style you are going for. Bring the pictures of the practice (even if another stylist did it) and you can even bring pictures of looks you despise so it is really clear what you like and do not like.

#5 Make sure to tip! Gratuity is not required but strongly encouraged. Yes, you are already paying the stylist for a pricey look but you have to consider how well they attended to you. Did they make you and your group feel welcomed and comfortable? Did they make you feel beautiful and confident? Did they listen? Did you enjoy the experience? Did they make sure you were happy with every angle? Did they take feedback? Did they excercise patience and poise? If so, they have accomplished exceeding your expectations and deserve an 18-20% gratuity.

client25#6 Opting for on-site styling is more expensive but sometimes logistically easier. Many bridal specialists offer on-site styling. If you decide that this is right for you it is usually charged by the hour or by day rate (12 hours or more.) A stylist needs a standing mirror and an easily accessible outlet for heat tools.  If your wedding is far away from the salon where the stylist is from, it will be necessary to arrange travel and travel expenses/accommodations in addition to the hair styling fee.  If you have a large group of bridesmaids you want to look similar its a good idea to ask if the hairstylist has a colleague or assistant to help churn out the styling in an expedient time frame.

#7 Do your research. Ask your friends who have gotten married if they liked the stylist they worked with or go online and read reviews and look at a stylist’s portfolio. “Putting the time into finding the formal stylist who will work best with you and the type of style you want to achieve will be key.”

We hope your big day is happy and filled with joy!

For ideas on formal styles, go to D’Arcy’s Pinterest page at:

https://www.pinterest.com/darcyhairdesign/

or go to www.darcyhairdesign.com to book a bridal practice with her!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Mad Maxxin’

The long awaited Mad Max movie is coming out! It is called Mad Max: Fury Road and takes Mad Max on a journey  through the post-apocalyptic world with a band of women trying to escape a savage warlord. It stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Riley Keough and Zoe Kravitz. Performance artist and feminist, Eve Ensler, was brought on as consultant to make sure the George Miller based flick sincerely represented strong women in a major way.

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At Emerson Salon, we are fans of post-apocalyptic looks and think there are some fun hair inspirations to try from the movie. Here we talk about the fierce females’ hair look that rock out this film with unique and gritty style.

Here is Zoe Kravitz’s bold haircut (see left.) It is not a typical “pixie cut” as the texture and almost non existent bangs are disconnected to create a shattered effect.  The shape is still tapered and rounded to the head shape and is most likely achieved with slide cutting or razoring work. Her high cheekbones and long neck really help create a dramatically angular look and helps to add to her character work in the film.

 

 

madmax2    Next up is Riley Keough as “Capable.” Her hair is a beautiful shade of vibrant auburn and styled in a messy, frizzy wave. If you have longer hair you can french braid your hair on either side of the hair when half damp with beach texturizer and allow to air dry or blow dry to create undulating waves with ease. Then release and rough up with your fingers once the braids are removed.

To achieve this hair color can be a simple one step process at a professional colorist if you have light hair or medium naturally occuring blond. If you have dark hair it might be necessary to lift or lighten the hair in order for the orange based color to show up vibrantly on your hair. Reds fade pretty quickly so make sure to review with your stylist how to best and maintain this high octane shade. We recommend using Color Proof or Moroccan Oil brand Shampoos and Conditioners. TIP: Less shampooing means less fadage so make sure to stock up on dry shampoo!

We are so excited for this movie! Check out the trailer and info below!

Find out more here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392190

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Olaplex Revolution

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In the cosmetology profession it is very important to stay current not only on trends and new application techniques but new innovations in chemical technology. There is a new system that is making hair colorists go NUTS! Its called OLAPLEX.

The system was designed by organic chemists who wanted to “solve problems” and the biggest challenge facing the haircoloring industry is the issue of breakage. More and more, people are asking for trends that demand getting the hair lighter, faster and with less breakage.

This is where Olaplex comes in. Hair is keratin proteins that are made up of disulfide bonds. These bonds are linked together and can get broken down during a lightening or haircoloring service. This system helps mend those bonds as they are broken so hair can accept more extreme changes with less likelihood of breakage. Its important to understand that it doesn’t guarantee against breakage but minimizes its probability.

Famous colorists from Tracy Cunningham, Guy Tang, Sally Hershberger and many others have been experimenting with the 3 step system and are loving the results. One of our owners, D’Arcy Harrison, picked some up to try and was impressed with the results.

Kristen had Natural Level 5 hair and wanted to try the new extreme color ombre trend. In order to achieve the look she asked for it required lifting the hair over 3 levels through some very orange and gold stages. The goal was to get her hair to level 10 and 11 so the semi-permanent blue/violet and silver would show up appropriately.

NOTE: Whenever the hair is lightened or darkened 3 levels or more this is called “COLOR CORRECTIVE WORK.” Special care and expertise is required in order to achieve predictable results. Additionally, the service can cost more because of extra time and product used due to its corrective nature.

D’Arcy combined the It&lyHairfashion Easily Blond Bleach and 40 vol with the No. 1 Olaplex Bond Multiplier. She then applied the bleach in a feathered balayage technique and put Kristen under heat for 10 min.

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D’Arcy was amazed! The hair on the ends was a level 10 and the midshaft was a level 7/8. So D’Arcy mixed up some more bleach and olaplex and applied to the darker areas and let process for another 20 min. at air temperature. Then the hair was rinsed and the No.2 Bond Perfector was added at the shampoo bowl for 5-10min. The hair was then roughly dried and the Pravanna Vivids Blue and Violet were applied to the midshaft with Silver with a dash of Blue blended into the ends. Kristen was put under a medium heat dryer to drive in the semipermanent in order to make it last longer. The entire service was over 3 hours long. There is a No.3 to the Olaplex system for at home care following the service but Kristen opted for some Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo, Conditioner and Weightless Hydrating Mask as the argan oil moisture helps hair stay flexible and not brittle.

Kristen did suffer some breakage on the last 2 inches of her hair  (it was coiling and turning gummy) so D’Arcy did some strategic cutting and carving to eliminate the damage from the hair once dried and styled. But what is important is the hair got lighter faster, with less breakage and with more even results.

We will continue to keep experimenting in the salon with it as its very important to understand how to work with new products before using them on paying clients. If an individual indepependently run stylist  at Emerson Salon chooses to add this as an amenity it could be an add-on charge to any coloring service.

Want Olaplex at Emerson Salon? Tell us via our Twitter or Facebook pages!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/emersonsalon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmersonSalon

 

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Pro’s and Cons Of Pastel Hair

 

We have seen such a surge in requests for pastel hair color lately! With mainstream celebrities like Nicole Richie, Julianne Hough, Hilary Duff, Katy Perry, Cara Delevigne and others trying on the trendy look – its hard to resist diving in too! Here we detail the fun AND the reality of going for a super light fun shade like seen below……….

 

 

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PRO’s of Pastel Hair

You are “ON FLEEK!” Be part of a current trend and the envy of your friends!

Its non committal! Have fun with different pastel shades when you feel like something different once it fades. Or you can play with hair chalk or sprays to try on a pastel hue for a night!

Spring/Summer are a great time to show off this color change because pastels reflect sunlight beautifully!

CON’s of Pastel Hair

Most hair needs to bleached first to super light/white blond in order for a pastel to show up properly. Darker shades and previously colored hair will need to be bleached significantly to get to a blond without orange or gold in it. This can cause damage and makes it difficult to guarantee how long a pastel will last. The more damage incurred the quicker a pastel may fade because of the hairs’ porosity. We recommend prepping your hair 1-2 weeks before bleaching with deep conditioning treatments as well as following a bleach and tone service. We love the Deep Quench Moisture Masque by ColorProof-it can rehab the most damaged hair and is also vegan and gluten free.

It is important to know that any pastel cannot be guaranteed how long it will stay in the hair. Pastels are usually a semi permanent which stains the cuticle layer of the hair and washes out every time it is rinsed or shampooed.   There is also a lot less pigment deposit in a pastel than a fully concentrated color.

-Listen intently to your colorist. Your stylist can recommend ways to keep the color looking fresh. Schedule regular color refresh appointments so you never look dull or lackluster Most people with vibrant color avoid shampooing their hair as much as possible by using dry shampoo in between washing. We love Alterna Caviar’s Powder Dry Shampoo. At Emerson Salon, a colorist can design a custom color formulated conditioner by EVO Fabuloso Pro to help increase the longevity of a pastel.

Your haircolor is an investment. Getting a pastel haircolor can be expensive to get and expensive to maintain. Be prepared that the service isn’t the only place where your dollars are involved. Appropriate shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioning and leave-in products will be essential to maintaining your fun, new haircolor as well as its health.

Sunlight is your haircolor’s enemy. The summer UV rays will eat through your pastel haircolor so protect it with a UV protectant like Moroccan Oil. It also moisturizes the hair and protects from heat styling so it is your GO TO PRODUCT to keep your hair looking and feeling good after receiving a pastel with bleaching and toning.

Hopefully we have prepared you for the true nature of getting that AWESOME new pastel hair you’re dying for and we will see you in the chair! Book with an Emerson Stylist by contacting one directly TODAY!

 

 

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!