Articles from ‘Ask A Stylist’

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

So Many Hair Sprays- How Do I Choose?

According to our Kevin Murphy product representative Zach, “The Opportunity of ‘Why’ is real in the U.S.” There is a growing need for “no style” products on the rise, and smell is no longer a factor for (most) consumers.

Within the Kevin Murphy line of non-aerosol sprays, there are many to choose from and each product a unique feel, texture, and weight on hair.

  • Touchable has a satin finish and is weightless. It is also sulfate, paraben, and cruelty-free. 
    • Medium Hold
    • Contains Carrot Seed Oil, an antioxidant. 
    • Does not break down; has staying power!
  • Bedroom.Hair enhances natural texture/curl separation while providing shine.
    • Soft Hold
    • Provides shine, separation, and texture. 
  • Doo.Over is super matte and powdery.
    • Provides “Texas Hair”
    • Stronger Hold.

There are also two great aerosol sprays in the Kevin Murphy line.

  • Session.Spray is a strong hold finishing spray, and it has the strongest hold.
  • Session.Flex has a soft hold. Its lightweight formula never flakes, and provides a workable hold without crunch. It is like Touchable, but its hold WILL break down.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

What About Hair and Sun Protection?

Clients often ask me which products, if any, contain sunscreen. I highly regard #KevinMurphy products, so I sought an answer from them, and this is what Kevin Murphy had to say:

“UV protection is extremely important in haircare. However, it’s not the same as the SPF factor you see with sunscreens that are used for the skin. Most sunscreens, for all intents and purposes, sit on the surface of the skin to protect it from burning. With haircare we can’t do that because that would make the hair heavy. So instead, we have great technology that is weightless which allows us to use certain plant extracts, like Sunflower Seed Extract and Safflower Seed Extract which protects the hair in a great way from harmful UV rays. This protection, of course, goes a long way towards preserving hair colour, moisture levels and internal hydration of the hair and scalp. A few of our most concentrated UV protecting products are MOTION.LOTION (a great product for anyone’s beach bag), UN.TANGLED which is the perfect leave in conditioning spray fresh out of the ocean or pool. Both products allow the hair to dry beautifully in a natural way and have the added insurance of protecting your hair from the sun.”

Pick up Motion.Lotion or Un.Tangled at Emerson Salon or Shop Online!

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

What Are WA State Politicians Trying to do to Booth Rent Cosmetology?

UPDATE!!!!!!!!! As of April 30 all of the bills that would directly effect and negatively impact small business and/or cosmetology in the WA STATE legislature are DEAD. These bills could be resurrected in the shorter 2020 session starting in January—-so help us prepare to fight in the coming year! Read on for details on the harmful bills 1000’s of cosmetologists and independent contractors worked together to stop BELOW.

In January, 2019 Washington State Legislators introduced SB 5326 which essentially would have ended the business structure of booth rental by cosmetologists as small business owners. Prior to the hearing on Jan 28, the sponsors of the bill expanded the bill to also include barbers and removing the provision regarding a ban booth rental to fellow cosmetologists. When the time came for public hearing regarding SB5326, over 1300 cosmetologists and their supporters descended on Olympia to tell the Senate Labor & Commerce committee their opposition to the bill in its amended form.

The bill still aimed to remove an important tax classification as booth rental independent contractors and would have opened these small business owners to greater danger and risk through IRS tax audit.

Thankfully, the primary sponsor of SB5326 took the feedback and tabled the bill and vowed to not move forward.

Yet, there is still danger in the political waters UNFORTUNATELY…

The problem is that NEW bills had already been introduced that not only still jeopardized cosmetologist booth rental but now expanded to the entire “Gig Economy,” and all independent contractors that receive 1099’s for their work. Booth renters are independent contractors even though we are not “contracted” by our customers for work and are not “hired” by their landlord. The supposed goal of the bills is to end misclassification of workers and those treating people as employees but using independent contracting as an excuse not to pay benefits, health insurance or state safety nets for their employees.

Let’s dive into the 4 bills that will overtax small business in addition to adding extremely stringent rules, imposed pricing, and more….

SB5513 and HB1515:

will create a NEW test to determine employee vs. independent contractor and a new definition called “intermediary employee” and is currently unclear who that is meant to include. This test aims to be STRICTER than the federal “ABC,” test. The proposed NEW 7 point test would eliminate colleagues within the same industry whom co-work space. Examples: Booth rent cosmetologist who lease a chair from another cosmetologist. It is unclear if having entirely separate business entities is enough to satisfy exemption from these proposed restrictions.

SB 5690 and HB 1601:

would impose “wage board” base pricing which mandates small businesses be told by the state what to charge and/or pay. This could drive up service pricing across ALL industries. It is nearly impossible to predict every variable of a business or industry to make sure this “PRICE FIXING” is fair. Price fixing is also illegal according to federal  (who appoints the board? the ratio of members outnumbers small business entrepeneurs)

All 4 bills: 

  • All 4 bills say you cannot co-work space/lease with industry colleagues (this could drive up the price of commercial real estate for stand alone small business (ex: salon suites, etc.) due to increased demand) 
  • All 4 Bills have huge penalties that are nearly impossible to defend against (its called joint and sever liability that could drag you into court even if you did not misclassify workers)
  • All 4 bills set a NEW extremely limited standard/definition for independent contractor status
  • All 4 bills make “intermediary employees” and/or independent contractors (including booth rental) pay into L&I, unemployment & workers comp even if they do not want to use those state safety nets
  • All 4 bills would support elevated B&O tax on business gross 
  • All 4 bills could drive up the price of services if less sole proprietor providers are in business (in addition to imposed pricing)

FOR MORE DETAILS INSIDE THE BILLS, Look at this DOCUMENT

or go to https://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/

For Contact info of Legislators: CLICK THIS LINK

OPPOSING: Association for Washington Business, NFIB.org, WA Retail Association, Cosmetologists of Washington United Facebook Group (over 6k members), WA Hospital Association, The Internet Association

SUPPORTING: SEIU 775 and other labor group

What can YOU do to support opposition?

WE HAVE TO MAKE OUR WA STATE VOICES HEARD BEFORE THE FEB 22 POLICY DEADLINE.

TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW. SHARE IN EMAIL. SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND COWORKERS. Call and EMAIL district legislators and the sponsors of the bills. These bills effect cosmetologists, massage therapists, plumbers, real estate agents, truck drivers, app drivers/deliverypersons, doctors and the list goes on and on… and most importantly they WILL effect YOU! Whether we like it or not….

OPPOSE 5513, 1515, 1601 + 5690
>>>>> Call 1 800 562 6000 to leave a brief opposition message during regular business hours
>>>>> OR WRITE DISTRICT LEGISLATORS:
Follow these links to oppose these bills
https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//5513
https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//1515
https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//5690
https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//1601

YOU HAVE 3 District Legislators in your WA State District-

CLICK the link below TO FIND OUT WHO THEY ARE

https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!  

As of March 4, 2019:

  • 1515 received an amendment to become a taskforce workgroup ONLY but has NOT been scheduled to hit the House floor for a vote. DEAD IN COMMITEE- stay vigilant until April 25 (end of WA state legislative session.)
  • 1601, 5326, 5690, 5513 DEAD IN COMMITEE- stay vigilant until April 25 (end of WA state legislative session.)

WA State Legislative Districts

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Color Care At Home

 

 

Just because a color may be “permanent”, hair color doesn’t last forever. ALL hair color, whether natural, temporary, demi-permanent, semi-permanent, or permanent, will dull and fade over time. Protect your color investment by slowing the fading process by following these tips!

1) Wash less often, and consider using dry shampoos between washes.

2) When you DO shampoo, wash and rinse your hair with cooler water (easy to do in the summer for sure!) This helps keep your color from running.

3) Use shampoos and conditioners that are formulated to maintain color. UVA and UVB protective shampoos and conditioners keep your color looking fresh by protecting from the sun’s harmful rays that dull color over time, and using pigmented shampoos and conditioners, such as the Love Kevin Murphy Colouring.Angels at home between salon appointments to deposit color temporarily.

4) Watch the heat styling. Using hot tools on high-heat settings will fade a color quicker than anything. Use a thermal protectant spray before applying heat from your blow dryer or hot irons, because thermal protectants create a barrier between your hair and the heat. Using a lower heat setting is much safer in the long run and also helps prevent moisture loss that is inevitable from using hot tools on your hair.

http://www.hairguylancer.com/single-post/2018/07/12/Color-Care-Tips

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The Kevin Murphy Experience


THE KEVIN MURPHY EXPERIENCE

From time to time, we have an opportunity to have educators from our favorite brands give us some inspiring styling tutorials and advice. This week, Sara (an educator for Kevin Murphy International kevinmurphy.com.au) came in from Austin, TX to help us strengthen our finishing skills with Kevin Murphy products. The Kevin Murphy range is based on skincare and has high performance results.

Our model,Kenna, has longer, fine slightly wavy hair. D’Arcy prepped her by detoxing her hair twice with Maxi.Wash (an alpha hydroxy  detox shampoo- not a clarifier) and followed it with Angel.Wash and Angel.Masque.

 

After a quick towel dry ballerina bun, Sara applied Leave.In Repair. Then she used Body.Mass on all the roots to assist in plumping and lift at the base. To enhance movement to the hair, she added Motion.Lotion and dried on a high heat low speed setting and kept squeezing the hair until 85% dry

To finish, Sara sprayed Bedroom.Hair that helps with some hold as well as aiding in keeping the hair fluffy and full.

Sara then moved on to create a second look on Kenna. She used a 2.25″ clipless curling iron to create soft bend to large sections of hair. The key tip was not to wrap the hair completely but only in 1.5 rotations and continuing the rolling action (back and forth) for up  to 30 seconds. She then finished with quick shots of Doo.Over to help emphasize the softness of the look.

 

Our second model, Karen, has naturally wavy, frizzy hair. Sara prepped her with Smooth Again Wash and Rinse to help lay down the cuticle to eliminate frizz. Then she applied AntiGravity all over and then a tad of Motion Lotion on the ends. She then used small clips to prop up the roots towards the top and then used applied the Texture Net over the entire head. She then placed Karen under a Medium Heat hood dryer for 20 min. Voila! Controlled texture with no frizz.

See the result below!

 

 

 

…..And to entice you into a new Kevin Murphy product…..

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– receive a FREE mini size of your choice!

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Friday, July 14th, 2017

Direct Dye Dilemmas

 

We’ve had an upsurge of clients coming in with trendy, vibrant hair colors in their hair, and wanting to remove them. The vibrant colors (like those in the image below) are direct dyes. It is not as easy as just applying one step and getting what you want (unfortunately we can do great things with hair -but there are limits.) The problem with semi permanents like these is they are not guaranteed to last for longer than 10 shampoos and may be less with pastel hues or on bleach damaged or compromised hair. Ironically, if you want to remove them they can be a real bother!

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Direct dyes do not require oxidation or developer for the color to stain the hair. In areas where the hair is more porous, this type of color will show greater intensity. Caution must be exercised when utilizing a semi-permanent haircolor on porous hair; it can stain the hair permanently.” (From the American Board of Certified Colorists haircolorist.com)

 

Sometimes, using strong bleaches will make the direct dye go further into the hair shaft and lodge even more stubbornly inside the hair. There are ways to strategically fade or remove the direct dye but having it professionally done is COLOR CORRECTIVE.

(Color correction work includes working with removing artificial pigment, coloring hair with previous color history, or deepening or lightening more than 3 levels. )

There is NO GUARANTEE in removing direct dyes. It may take multiple sessions to achieve- it may even not be possible to completely remove without cutting it out. If its a blue, green, or teal-like hue, it can be VERY difficult to remove.  

If you want to help the fade along you can do the following:

  • Use dish or liquid  laundry detergent with harsh sulfates to aggressively emulsify out the color
  •  Add 50o mg of crushed Vitamin C and/or Baking Soda to your professional level sulfate free shampoo (leave on for 45 minutes and rinse+condition)
  • Soak your hair in bath salts for 40 minutes then shampoo and condition

If you are asking a stylist to remove it, we recommend asking for a mild bleach+ clarifying shampoo with Olaplex treatment at the shampoo bowl. That way you are removing the color mildly, with a little insurance against breakage. This can remove some of the color and then the remainder can be bleached out once 90% faded.

****If the above methods do not work****

-Take a break, and deep condition your hair twice a week before attempting to remove it again.

And remember…we may be able to do magic with haircolor, but we have no magic wand for every hair situation!

Hairstylists do their absolute best to counsel you on the risks of certain services as well as trying to make you happy…

Have more questions?

Book a color consultation with one of our independent hair designers at www.emersonsalon.com today!

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Curly Hair Got You Down?

Here’s a Great Tip- If your curls are limp and not bouncing with joy, a clarifying treatment will perk them right up.
I have curly hair also, and most of my life has been spent fighting it instead of trying to understand and work with it. I use Kevin Murphy’s Maxi Wash exfoliating shampoo once a week to get the product out and give my curls a fresh canvas to work on- it does make a noticeable difference!
Great Styling Tips:
 After shampooing and conditioning your hair, leave your hair extremely wet, and apply a leave-in conditioner to soften any hard hold product you might be using in your hair.
  • Apply any styling product to your hair. *If using more than one, be sure to thoroughly apply one product before applying another, unless you can easily cocktail them in your hands (some products separate when trying this.)
  • Don’t skimp- apply ALOT of product to your hair. Make sure to apply your hair product to your hands as if you’re applying lotion to them- get the product through, behind, and around all of your fingers, because curly hair is 360 degrees- your product application ought to be too!
  • Using a very wide toothed comb, comb the product upwards into your hair for added height. *Don’t over-comb, as this will interrupt your natural curl.
  • If your hair is flat on top, and you’d like to add height, clip curly hair sections at the root before blow drying.
  • Speaking of blow drying, ALWAYS use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer when drying curly hair textures. They make great ones now, and most consumer diffusers are universal.

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Fast, Fantastic Style

 

 

Who has time to spend over 30 min on their hair? Not many people! We’re always running off to work and sometimes to meet friends afterwards, which makes hours-long glam impossible! Here are some quick tips for getting a 1-2-3  step style!

menscut8For men, the types of cuts pictured that are longer on top and extremely faded down to skin are very popular! But even if you have a medium length haircut, there are 2 go-to products you can use quickly for n easy yet refined look.

-If you want texture, hold and/or a matte finish: use the beeswax based Night Rider by Kevin Murphy. Its great for creating hold on medium to thicker hair types or densities.

-If you want light hold and a soft sheen finish: use the featherweight Undressed by Kevin Murphy. Its great for finer hair types and creates a shine finish that mimics slight wetness.

shortIf you have short to a longer pixie cut, you can play with different finishes and texture for variety.

MoroccanOil’s Texture Paste and Kevin Murphy‘s Bedroom.Hair are both great products for adding definition, texture and medium hold. It can be very helpful for holding a swoop bang like in the picture to the right.

-For a sleeker look, try Molding Cream by MoroccanOil. The argan oil in it is conditioning and helps create some of the slicked back looks that are so popular on the runways.

 

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If you have medium to long length hair, try creating a soft beachy texture.

-Try Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray (fine hair) or Hair Resort gel (medium to thick hair) to your dry hair from mid-shafts to ends. These products create hold with minimal effort.

-Blow dry into damp hair using a slow speed, medium heat dryer. Use a curling iron and wind the hair around the curling iron (2″-3″ diameter) in alternating directions, taking 2- 3 rotations.  This creates movement and slight volume. Or, curl all pieces away from the face to create soft waves.  Make sure not to curl the last 1-2″ of the ends for a tousled look, and do not use the clip on the curling iron.

Once the hair is curled and cooled completely (17-20 minutes ideally), use your hands to stretch the curl out a bit by grabbing big sections and smoothing your hands down the curls. This will soften them up and make them look more natural. To finish, use Session Spray by Kevin Murphy lightly, from  12″ away from your hair to hold the curl and protect it from humidity.

Once you have done this a few times, you will become quick like QUICKSILVER! Going from day into night should be simple and almost effortless…

No one’s got time for being a Diva ’bout their hair! You can also book a quick styling session with one of our independent stylists online! Our profiles are on emersonsalon.com so you can make a choice and book your appointment through our booking links provided.

 

 

 

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

How Do I Book With An Independent Stylist?

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 We are a community of independent hair designers. 

This means that YOU have a unique opportunity to learn about each professional through their profile before booking an appointment so you can schedule DIRECTLY with your chosen stylist!

New to booking with us?  Here’s the Lowdown…

  1. Our Independent Hair Professionals include Stylists and Barbers.
  2. Each professional who runs their business inside Emerson Salon has a profile on this website that has contact information, online booking link, bio and more.
  3. To see their profiles, click HERE>>
  4. D’Arcy, Chelsea, Lancer,  and Michael are Hair Designers: They do haircuts, haircolor, & balayage for everyone.
  5. Prices are established by and are individual to each stylist. Prices may also vary by the amount of and type of work involved and your hair length/density/history.

Co-Owners of Emerson Salon: Lancer Forney-McMahon & D’Arcy Harrison (of B. Please LLC). Feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns at b.please.llc@gmail.com

Friday, May 19th, 2017

What the Trend?! Summer 2017

Now is the time of year in Seattle where the rainy days arrive less frequently, the leaves come out and people smile a little brighter!

With the likelihood of hairstyles being ruined by precipitation decreasing- its time to think about fun haircuts and hairstyles that are simple but also,  on trend.

 Longer Hair 

Above are a set of medium to long length haircuts and hairstyles from some of the runways-gone are the heavily layered hairstyles and razored textures and gaining popularity are the “casually done” looks. The basic haircut to most of these styles is hair length no more than the middle or top of the shoulder blades with soft, blended texture on the ends to emphasize movement. Framing the face by the cheekbones is out and the longer contouring of the hair by the collarbone is in. These hairstyles mix and match 4 types of styles: 1) wet, slick look 2) controlled volume 3) soft waves and 4) messy braids. Middle and deep parts are still heavily used with a little root lift to remove flatness. Looking to recreate these style?

Recommended Tools: A large wave hot iron, a flat iron, a fine toothed comb, a wide toothed comb, and bobby pins.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Young.Again with immortelle oil for shine and moisture. Kevin Murphy Doo.Over to help emphasize messy braids in finer hair with backcombing. MoroccanOil Strong Hold Hairspray for style hold.

Medium Length

Bobs and “lobs” are also very chic and are quicker and easier to style during the hotter months. Again, heavily layered shapes are out and blended, shattered texture on the ends of the general shapes is showing up on students, hipsters and mature professionals alike. Some chose to leave the front long and some opt for a rounded, Brigitte Bardot style fringe that creates blended wisps by the face.

Recommended Tools:  A tapered, clipless curling iron and a wide toothed comb.

Recommended Products:  Kevin Murphy Body Builder and/or MoroccanOil Beach Wave Mousse.

Textured Hair

For natural, textured hair allowing your wave and curl to be emphasized with height a high ponytail can be made into a fun, casual updo in seconds. Gone are the days of stick straight hair with a flatiron! Show off your true self by emphasizing how your hair WANTS to be.

Recommended Tools: Wide toothed comb, bobby pins, boar bristle brush and a large, fabric covered and strong elastic.

Recommended Products: MoroccanOil Original Treatment, Kevin Murphy Killer Curls, and Kevin Murphy Session Spray.

Short Hair- Feminine

This year, many female identifying individuals are daring to go short! Both versions emphasize fullness and movement and emphasize bone structure and elongate and enhance the perception of the neck and décolleté. It’s not just flat short Mia Farrow pixie cuts anymore!

Recommended Tools: Blow dryer and diffuser.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Hair Resort and MoroccanOil Root Boost.

Short Hair – Masculine

For male identifying peeps, the spring/summer looks are trending towards more classic shapes and styling.  Deep side parts and combed in looks are defining everyday and formal looks for the gentlemen.

Recommended Tools: Fine toothed comb.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Super.Goo (strong hold) or Free.Hold (mild, grooming creme.)

For a more modern look, quiffs are being paired with tapered layers on the side or an extreme bald fade with clippers.

Recommended Tools: Fine Toothed Comb.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Night.Rider (matte wax texturizer- strong hold) or Reuzel Red pomade (high sheen, heavy hold).

Looking to freshen up and revamp your look for the new season?

Book a haircut appointment with one of our fun, exciting professionals by selecting one from their profile and booking with them online 24-48 hrs in advance!

Go to Emersonsalon.com and Select the “Stylists” circle.

HURRY before all the good spots are taken because right now EVERYONE is looking to get their hair done!