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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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909 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
T: 206-323-7437
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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Emerson Salon Grand Re-Opening Party!

 

 

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EMERSON SALON INVITES YOU!

To Their GRAND RE-OPENING PARTY this SATURDAY JANUARY 24rth @8pm!

Lancer Forney and D’Arcy Harrison took over ownership this past September and have finished revamping the salon and have signed most of the stylists to year contracts! YAY! Now it’s time to celebrate WITH YOU!

DJ Ragemuse will be spinning SYNTHPOP for us all night as we revel with gift bags, beer and wine, snacks, and a RAFFLE! It is so exciting to share this accomplishment with everyone and we hope to see you there! DO NOT MISS IT!

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/319007664960999

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

“Saturday Afternoon” Hair at the Golden Globes 2015

This past Sunday night we watched the Hollywood Foreign Press bring all the celebrities together to award the best in TV and film. Its considered a precursor to the Oscars and sometimes forecasts this years winners.

The Golden Globes usually help us hair stylists to see how fashion’s trends then and now come together in an elegant affair and on the red carpet. It can also help us steer our clients towards newer styles all year long. Here we review what we saw!

Below you will see examples of medium, medium long and long length hair in one of  the signature styles of the night that we call,”Saturday Afternoon.” It looks done but not over done and would be a great and versatile “day into night” style for the everywoman. It incorporates an off center part with a soft and relaxed swoop of the front and soft, extra loose waves .You can achieve this by using a mousse like Body Builder by Kevin Murphy when blow drying roots for lift with your fingers. With Anti-Gravity as a foundation blow dried into the mid shaft to ends, use a medium heat curling iron with 1.5″ barrel. Curl horizontally in large sections  and release. Brush the curls  with a cushion brush once cooled and spray with a flexible hairspray.

naomiAmy_Adamsreese  Unfortunately, we did not see a lot of brave hairstyles at this awards show. Maybe they are saving their A-game for the Oscars. Regardless, we found it difficult to be inspired by any other looks because of how simple they were. They did not take ANY style risks. Many women parted their hair in the middle with predictable beach waves (example: Gwyneth Paltrow ) or slicked the middle parted hair into a bun or ponytail (example: Kate Hudson). Katie Holmes even donned a super long extensions ponytail that didn’t quite satisfy as a hairstyle. (see all below)

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      We were inspired by two showings on the red carpet, do not fret! We are a big fan of reinventing the classic bob as it can be classed up or funked up. Rosemund Pike of “Gone Girl,” and Zosia Mamet of, “Girls,” (seen below) both reinterpreted the bob for this event. Rosemund opted for an inverted angle, sleek  traight texture and deeply parted on the side. It says chic and sophisticated and abandons the standard long hair known so well to the celebrity set. Zosia took the interpretation to color and sported a unique “grey beige” tone that refines the overtoned smoky blond look into a cultivated style.  She then combined it with a little “Saturday Afternoon” wave on the ends and created an accessible style with some funk. A great product to style hair with to achieve this look while also conditioning your hair simultaneously is Young.Again by Kevin Murphy. Its a weightless leave-in treatment oil infused with Immortelle to counteract the oxidization and ageing process.

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Although we did not see any courageous moves now, we still look forward to the upcoming awards season. Maybe the stylists in Hollywood have some secrets in their back pocket for later we do not know about!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Hair Trend Heads Up! for 2015

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2014 saw the rise of some interesting trends that will perhaps continue into winter of 2015. For super short hair, the tightly faded ivy league with a super clean part was popular with the edgy and conservative set (left above.)  For medium/short hair, the textured and longer pixie cut was great for versatility, style and function (see right above). But the biggest trend of 2014 was the “lob” or long bob haircut for medium length hair (see center above.)  The “lob” is great for those with thicker hair that want to be able to put their hair back but don’t want the work of longer tresses.

In 2015, we will see some interesting cut and style trends if the runways are any indication. Check out some of these!

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MEDIUM to LONG HAIR

STAPLES: The tried and true staples will be in full effect in 2015. Long hair parted in the middle. Sleek hair parted in the middle or on the side  in a low ponytail.

TRENDS: Stella McCartney was playing with crimping small sections and putting the hair into a low ponytail. Balmain, Zac Posen, and Versace have been doing inspired throw back looks to the 80’s with a slicked back and wet look. Alberta Feretti and Emilio Pucci went for a more simple “Woodstock Wave” that invoked a relaxed, hippie vibe and Nanette Lepore favored big, fat, messy top knots which differ from the sleek ones of 2014.

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SHORTER HAIR:

STAPLES: Clean edges. Enhanced texture/wave.

TRENDS: It looks like the clean, tight fade will fade away soon and be replaced by a more relaxed feel with shorter hair. The top can be left longer with minimal texture so many different types of styles can be achieved with a medium hold pomade. Pompadour, slicked back, parted or side hawk this look will work for many different personalities and lifestyles. Is your hair bulky? Maybe try Jamie Dornan’s look (right above) that has length towards the face/forehead but is layered  and tapered down for a slight “tousled” look.  Mr. Dornan will be playing the infamous Christian Grey character in the film, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” opening in February (trailer below.)

Can you wait to see his sexy style in action on screen? We can’t!

If you feel like tryin’ on one of these trends- let us know! Or, start your own this year and be the style maker everyone ELSE follows!  Emerson Salon’s independent stylists aim to create something just for you- contact one of them now!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

New Year’s Hair Secrets

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What items are necessary to creating amazing New Year’s Eve hair?

(whether you wear it up or down..)

      Always start with dry, clean hair by making sure to shampoo 1-3X with a detoxing shampoo like Maxi Wash by Kevin Murphy followed with a little conditioning rinse on the ends. Any oils on your hair will weigh your hair down and may cause it to fall out/down more. You may use an oil free volumizer like Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity lotion or spray when blowdrying after washing. This type of product will help your hair to take the style as well as support it for enduring a long night of fun!

FOR LONGER HAIR:

  1. Fine toothed comb
  2. Bobby Pins
  3. High quality Hair Spray/Fixative (We use Working Spray by Alterna Caviar or Firm Hold Moroccan Oil Hairspray)
  4. Curling Iron (Preferrably 1-2″ in diameter)
  5. Boar bristle brush

 

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Once your hair is prepped, start curling the hair into a set where you curl a 1-2″ section and set it with a clip or bobby pin. Curling towards the face will be more retro or vintage (1940’s-1960’s) and away from the face more modern (1970’s-now). Its always a best practice to mist the hair lightly with hairspray before and after curling. On finer hair, you can back comb the root to help the volume you create  This set acts like a base style for many types of looks once you the curls have cooled.

Whether you just want a bouncy blowout look, half up half down, a soft high ponytail with flipped ends, or a full on loose curl updo- this base style helps amp up your sexy vixen look for the New Year! Finger separate the curls once taken down and slowly brush the ‘do into shape. Quick Tip: Use the brush to tease in volume underneath the style in certain sections to give it soft volume. You can also use the curling iron freehand to help sculpt certain waves into staying put.  TRY: Twist the hair and curl with the iron to create messy, beach waves.

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FOR SHORTER HAIR:

  1. Fine toothed comb
  2. Small to Medium Flat iron and/or curling iron
  3. Pomades (Night Rider or Easy Rider styling products by Kevin Murphy)
  4. Bobby pins (optional)
  5. Quality Hairspray (optional)

 

Just because you have shorter hair doesn’t mean you can’t fix it up pretty for that big party! Part your hair in a new spot, try some asymmetry or add volume by backcombing where you wouldn’t usually in a day to day situation. Embrace change! If your hair  is usually perfectly coiffed go for a messier do or slick it up if with Easy Rider if you are usually more laissez faire. Try a combed up pompadour that has height with Night Rider- the sticky matte texture makes funkier hairstyles fun but be warned! It gets tacky within 10 seconds so make sure you know what style you are headed for.

If your hair is more medium length, use the curling iron to make random curls and waves all over your head and then pin a couple back. TIP: Criss cross the bobby pins or hook them into a style to make them secure. Or brush out some curls for a loose wave retro look. Just make sure to spray with Working Spray when complete.

Use these GO TO tips tomorrow before you go out- or book with one of our experienced stylists! Check out their profiles to book NOW!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas!

Still have a friend, partner, business associate or family member to shop for? Well, have no fear! There aren’t hords of shopping lines at Emerson Salon on Capitol Hill! We have some great gift ideas for that style conscious person on your list…..

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We are carrying two AWESOME gift sets.

-The first is from the Australian line Kevin Murphy (first above) and contains the fabulous Angel series of shampoo and conditioner. These products are great for those with fine hair who want quality products that do not weigh their hair down. It contains grapefruit peel oil, hydrolized oat protein, sunflower seed extract, and lavender extract. Its paraben and sulfate free and has tons of antioxidants to avoid color fadeage. As an added bonus, you get the Angel. Masque that is a great way to rehab hair right after a color service or too much heat styling or sun exposure on vacation!

-Our other gift set is from the Italian line, Davines (lower above.) The Love Smoothing set is great for the dry and frizzy hair types. The shampoo uses Indian fig extract to moisturize your hair while olive amphoacetate gently cleanses. Also noteworthy: the softening olive oil peg-7 ester and strengthening rice proteins. The conditioner uses  a targeted combo of silicone-infused moisturizers works to gently whip your hair into shape, borage seed oil protects against breakage, and rice wax helps prevent parched strands. Lastly, the  protective silicone and antioxidant-rich roucou oil helps give the hair and immediate boost of health.

If these sets aren’t suitable, try designing your own gift set! We carry Moroccan Oil, Kevin Murphy, Davines,  Color Proof, some Evo, and some Brazilian Blowout products. Feel free to mix and match a shampoo. conditioner and styling product based on their hair type. We are happy to help guide your choices to best suit the person on your shopping list! We will put all the products in a nice bag and you can add a little tissue and a bow and you are done! Easy peasy!

Never fret when it comes to buying hair products- because Emerson Salon’s independent stylists are here to help you every step along the way!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Path to Perfect Curls

In the salon, we hear so many times from clients who say,

“I have no idea how to style my hair for special occasions!”

  It is not always possible to get into a stylist for a perfect hair do for a holiday party or family gathering this time of year. Here, we give you some definitive assistance on how to curl your medium to long length hair. 

  Preferably, use any heat tool that can heat ceramic or tourmaline plates up to 400 degrees fahrenheit with either an adjustable dial or digital LCD display.  If you have finer hair 300 degrees is sufficient but if you have thicker, coarser hair a higher heat may be chosen.

Below we review some tips on how to curl  your hair. It’s very important to know what technique and tool creates which type of curl.


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  As a foundation, we recommend having clean, blow dried hair with Anti-Gravity volumizer lotion to help finer hair types hold the curl (this product is heat activated and helps the heat tool to leave a longer-lasting impression on finer hair.)

On thicker, frizzier hair types product may be used in a “cocktail” before blow-drying for heat protection and moisture. We recommend mixing Moroccan Oil and Anti Gravity together before applying to damp hair before you blowdry. You can always make sure to spray the hair after curling with a flexible hairspray as it cools. We love Working Spray by Kevin Murphy.

-A 1″ barrel iron (see above) if held vertically can create a consistent spiral curl if begun at the top and moved through to the ends (see brunette above.) These can be finger separated for curl volume or twisted together for “mermaid tendrils” once the curls have curled.

-If soft retro waves is what you are looking to achieve (like seen on Reese Witherspoon above), hold the curling iron horizontally in big sections. Curl from  the middle of the section  (3-4″ down from the partline) moving the iron through to wrap the ends. Sections underneath may be curled closer to the root. Once curled and released, use your hands to smooth the wave out a bit and spray with flexible hairspray.    

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If you are looking for a softer look (see Mila Kunis right above), try using a cone shaped clipless curling iron(seen left above). It takes some practice to use but if you use a thermal protective glove you can avoid burning your fingers until you feel more comfortable using it.

-Taking 2-3″ vertical sections, wrap each section of hair with the wide portion of the iron towards the roots. Make sure to wrap the section  away from your face without twisting it .

-Once you have curled the entire head and allowed the hair to cool, use your fingers to softly separate the wave/curl and spray.

-For a tighter beach wave look, twist the hair before wrapping it.

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Sometimes you might want a consistent beach wave all over the head (see Fergie above) and that is when we recommend using a triple barrel wave iron (see above).

-Start in 2′ sections and slowly work down the section to the ends starting 3-4′ from the root.

-Once waved and cooled, finger separate and apply a lightweight beach texturizer like Hair Resort spray from Kevin Murphy.

-Then lightly spray with Session Spray from Kevin Murphy (firm hold.)

If you aren’t comfortable trying these techniques on yourself- its ok! It takes time and patience to build up skills with your hair. Need a hairstyle now? You can either book a shampoo blowout with one of our stylists for a tutorial style or book a complete formal style!

Our independent hair designers are so excited to work with you- book with one today!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Welcome Michael Locke!

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Welcome Michael Locke to our team of independent hair designers!

     “I have been a Capitol Hill resident for many years after moving from Idaho. For the past 8 years, I have successfully managed multiple salons in the greater Seattle area while also maintaining & building my own private clientele. I serve a diverse range of people from all walks of life. With 10 years of experience, I take great pride in all services I provide & am focused on always providing a “best in class” service to every guest every time.”

Michael Locke Specialties Include:
Men’s barber & shear cuts
Women’s layered & razor cuts
Facial waxing for eyebrows, ears, nose, chin, lip & neck areas.
All over color
Dimensional Highlights and/or Lowlights

You can email him for an appointment at: michael.locke.86@gmail.com

Or Book Directly Online at: https://hirefrederick.com/michaels-hair-chair 

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

How To Speak With Your New Stylist

Getting your hair done by someone new can be fraught with anxiety and frustration. Hair is an everyday accessory and cannot be taken off your body like a shirt or dress. So, if you are unhappy with your hairstyle it can greatly effect and affect how you feel when you present yourself to the world. Having confidence in your hair and yourself is extremely important to posessing a positive self-image.

A lot of clients come to the salon not knowing how to express what they are looking for in their service. Here are some helpful  tips on how to broach the communication gap with your new hair stylist…..

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  • Bring Pictures: Whether printed out or on a phone or tablet, visuals are awesome! Even if you find pictures of things you do not want that can be helpful. It greatly assists the stylist if you try to find pictures with a hair type similar to yours.

Example: A fine density straight hair picture may not work for a thick, curly haired person who doesn’t want to style their hair everyday. The stylist will help discuss what components of the pictures are achieveable for you. Multiple pictures are best as certain parts of  pictures may be selected for incorporation into your new haircut or haircolor.

  • Share Who You Are! Tell the stylist about yourself- and make sure to include lifestyle and hobbies too! Stylists are great at reading people and the more information the better! Do you wash you hair every day? Have you colored your hair in the last year? Do you like to do styling on yourself for special occasions only?  It might seem simple but it is hugely important for delivering a service that works for you and how often you want to get your hair done. Ask them questions and let the stylist ask questions too.
  • Listen to Their Advice+RecommendationsDuring the consultation, the stylist might already have ideas and solutions for your challenging hair days. Here at Emerson, we try not to push products but we do utilize them to solve problems you might notice with your hair. Having the right products and tools based on your stylists’ advice can be key to feeling good in the long term with your hair and its condition.
  • Describe What You Haven’t Liked In Past ServicesDid your last stylist chop off too much? Is there a growth pattern that never works with what you are trying to do with your hair? Is your hair overly damaged from past services? Pointing out to a new stylist what has been attempted in the past is so important to not repeating the same issues again.
  • Choose A Stylist You Think You Will Mesh Well With in the Long Term: Building a relationship with a new stylist is like getting to know a new friend or co worker. It takes a little work to set yourself up for success. Learn about the stylist’s  experience, background, specialties, and pricing structure. Nothing is worse than sitting in a chair of a stylist who isn’t comfortable with the style you are trying to achieve or doesn’t work with your hair type successfully. Most stylists will list what they excel in and some (like on our website) will give you info on their schedule, portfolio or even their personal hobbies/interests.
  • EYE CONTACT! Make sure your stylist is taking the time to speak with you about your service and looking you in the eyes. Ask them lots of questions and allow the stylist to do the same before executing any service. A “meeting of the minds” is essential in receiving an excellent hair that makes you happy. Making sure to directly connect with each other by avoiding speaking throught the mirror is absolutely key! Great stylists will sit down with you and will absorb what you are saying by sitting still and avoiding touching your hair until they have thoroughly taken in what you are saying. If the stylist speaks over you or interrupts there is a good chance they may not be receiving everything  you are sharing. In that case, make sure to continue the consultation until they repeat back what you are asking for. Consider the consultation an interview and if the interview doesn’t seem to clarify ambiguities you have, then you have every right to ask to schedule another consultation with a new stylist. You are the boss of whether you submit to a service or not! Once the stylist starts they are in control until they finish and by then, it may be too late. At that point, unhappiness may result and an adjustement will be needed.
  • Manage Your Expectations:  If you bring in a picture of Jennifer Lopez and you are a fair skinned blond asking for her haircolor- that could be a very bad idea. Putting something on you directly from a picture without discussing bone structure, coloring and maintenance will definitely cause you dissatisfaction. Its like reaching into a bag and putting a random wig on top and crossing your fingers that it will look favorable on you. Ask the stylist what will and will not work and be open to them saying that some ideas are a no-go and why.

For example: You show a bleach blond with a bob and you need to put your hair in ponytail and do not want to be getting touch ups every month on your naturally dark hair. Your stylist wants you to be happy as a happy customer comes back and refers their friends. So make sure you are asking for something that will align with you and who you are. Being smart about talking to your stylist will make sure you are getting something you are confident with! Walking in and taking whoever is available in a salon can work but it is less likely to work if you haven’t prepped yourself ahead of time.

Looking for a new stylist? Check out our independently run hair designers- they are all experienced and their profiles can help you choose the best one for you! Their contact info is easily found in their profile.

Contact one of them directly today…..We are confident you will love what they do for you!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

A Winter of Dry Hair Issues!

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 Its that wintery time of year! Being trapped in indoor heat all day and then, braving the cold winds of winter can really do a number on the condition of your hair. If you feel like your hair is starved for moisture and TLC, use some of these tips to rehab it back to health!

  1. Remember, you do NOT have to shampoo every day. You can rinse your hair with warm to hot water to move the oils down the hair shaft. This will allow your hair to coat your hair naturally and to eliminate that greasy feeling at the scalp. Using a dry shampoo also can assist you to eliminate oils between shampoos.
  2. Use appropriate shampoos and conditioners for your hair type. Avoid sulfates and remember thicketr/coarser hair needs extra moisture where finer hair needs lightweight conditioning that won’t weight it down. We are loving Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate.Me series that uses a kakadu plum that add moisture for all textures!
  3.  Apply leave-in conditioner or dry argan oil to the mid-shaft to ends on a daily basis. If you heat style you could make sure to do it twice a day- once before heat styling and once before bed. We recommend Moroccan Oil- it is also great for holding color and cutting down on blow dry time those early mornings before work.
  4. Use a satin pillowcase to stop hair frizz from being created while you toss and turn while sleeping. Cotton pillowcases will draw moisture away from your hair and dry it out more.
  5. Avoid high heat tools and blow dryers. A medium setting will take longer but your hair’s condition will not suffer from the shock of being forced to dry/style so quickly. Also, high heat can cause frizz by burning your hairs’ outside cuticle layer which will create a peeling effect. The less frizz you make- the less you have to work to manage it.
  6. Try an at home hair mask of avocado or coconut oil to boost your hairs’ moisture content. If not, we love the Weightless Hydrating Masque from Moroccan Oil. It improves elasticity, shine and manageability and only takes 7 minutes with no heat.

Hopefully these tips will have you feeling better about your hair during the winter freeze!

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Come to Emerson on Small Biz Saturday!

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Thanksgiving week is upon us! Time to grocery shop before the big onslaught of crowds at the checkout stand and take out those recipe books. We know you are excited for the holiday season to begin- we are too! Food, drink, friends and family all await your enjoyment.

Once you’ve shopped til you drop on Black Friday come on in for some hair lovin’ on Small Business Saturday!

Emerson Salon is a small business made up of many other small businesses via our independently run hair designers. They run their own schedules and pricing and deserve some love after Turkey Day. Find a stylist you want to work with and book directly with them through their profile.

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We are offering a 10% discount on all ColorProof retail products on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY ONLY. This premium luxury line of hair products is 100% color safe, paraben+sulfate free and even gluten free! They smell heavenly and make your hair look and feel divine. We especially love the Moisture Masque which helps rehab dry or color damaged hair instantaneously. 

Happy Thanksgiving!