Articles from ‘Ask A Stylist’

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Learn About The Barber Jason and Why He Got Into Doing Hair!

What’s it like doing hair on Capitol Hill? “It’s fun, it’s diverse, it’s always crazy- it’s always different…It’s just this really dense part of Seattle that’s full of every single kind of person you can imagine!”

Jason works upstairs alongside Larsen in what he and Larsen have deemed “The Barber Loft”. Cosmetology licensed and Barber trained. Since 2005, Jason has worked and studied in barbershops from Seattle to Atlanta. Honing the fine art of Men’s haircuts, beard maintenance and hot towel, straight razor shaves and gray blending.

As an independently run barber, Jason runs his own prices + calendar and works Wed thru Sat.

You can easily book online with Jason or contact him via text.

 

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Let’s Learn About Larsen!

Larsen is a trained Barber with a sharp wit and a laid back demeanor and he is a joy to work around! He works upstairs in what we playfully call,”The Barber Loft” and has been doing hair on Capitol Hill for a number of years. As an independently run barber, Larsen runs his own prices + calendar and works Wed thru Sat.

He specializes in short haircuts & tight fades that range in price in his chair from $25-50 dependent on work involved.

You can easily book online with him at emersonsalon.com/stylist/larsen  or contact him via phone or email.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

How Do I Schedule 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, Esther, Lancer,  and Michael are Hair Designers: They do haircuts, haircolor, & balayage for everyone.
  5.  Jason and Larsen are Barbers: They specialize in cutting short to medium length hair. Styling is usually not an option with barbers.
  6. Prices are established by and are individual to each stylist/barber. 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

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Fantastic and Fast Style

Who has time to spend over 30 min on their hair? Not many people! We are always running to work and off to meet friends that trying to hours long glam isn’t always in the cards. Here are some quick tips for getting a 1-2-3  step style!

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For men, these types of cuts pictured to the right 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.

 

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

-Loma (locally sourced and cruelty free!) has  a range of styling products that are fun to play with on shorter hair. Try The Fiber Putty by Loma to create definition, texture and medium hold. It can be very helpful for holding a swoop bang like in the picture to the right.

-Or for a sleeker look, try Molding Cream by Moroccan Oil. The argan nut 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 and use Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray (fine hair) or Hair Resort gel (medium to thick hair) in your  dry hair on the mid shaft to ends. These products will create hold with minimal effort.

-Blow dry the dampness of the product with a slow speed medium heat dryer. Then use a curling iron to rotate the hair around the curling iron (2″-3″ diameter) in varied directions in 2- 3 rotations.  This creates movement and slight volume. Or curl all pieces away from the face  and it will create soft waves.  Make sure not to curl the last 1-2″ of the ends to recreate a tousled look and do not use the clip on the curling iron.

Once the hair is curled and cooled, 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  12″ away to hold the curl and protect it from humidity.

Once you have done it a couple times, you will become quick like QUICKSILVER getting out the door in the morning or for an event. Going from day to night should be simple and almost effortless….

Ain’t no one got time for being a diva ’bout their hair! …Or book a quick styling session with one of our independent stylists online!

Their profiles are on emersonsalon.com and you can easily make an appointment through their booking link!

 

 

 

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

New Year Sale- Out With The Old!

40% off all clearance items!

Q: What’s going away, and why?

A: All hair products that have sold less than 2 units in 2015. There’s nothing wrong with these products; they just didn’t do well in our salon…

 

  • Alterna: Caviar Clinical Daily Root & Scalp Stimulator, Hemp Paste, Kendi Dry Oil Mist, and Shape (discontinued by Alterna).
  • Kevin Murphy: Anti.Gravity Spray, Balancing.Wash (Liter), Body.Builder (regular size), Fresh.Hair (regular and travel sizes), Hair.Resort Spray, Texture.Master, and Powder.Puff.
  • MoroccanOil: Clarifying Shampoo, Curl Control Mousse, Frizz Control, Glimmer Shine Spray, Restorative Mask (250 ml), and Strong Hold Luminous HairSpray.

 

 

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Q: What’s new/on trend?

A: Right now, we have some amazing new Kevin Murphy products- Doo.Over, Stimulate.Me Wash & Rinse, Thick.Again, Free.Hold, Plump.Me Wash & Rinse, and Body.Mass, and we’re about to add some new Kevin.Murphy products…Killer.Curls, Hydrate.Me Mask, and Young.Again Mask.

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A: We also have 2 highly skilled barbers working in our upstairs loft space (if you haven’t noticed, you really need a haircut!) and we’re bringing in Reuzel’s red pomade for our more fashion-forward masculine-presenting clientele.

 

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Hair Resolutions 2016

 

Are you making changes for 2016? Well, we have some ideas to help create and maintain beautiful hair in the New Year for you!

heattoolsMake a resolution to be smarter when using your heat tools: 

-Use heat tools that use ceramic or tourmaline plates that help maintain your cuticle layer with controls that allow you to adjust the temperature. An on or off switch shows you no indication as to what level of damage you may be doing to your hair. We recommend digital heat tools that show you specifically what temperature range you are in.

-Always use a thermal protectant. We hear from a lot of clients that they are curling or flat ironing without a barrier to heat damage. Doing this can cause holes in your outer hair structure and make it difficult for your hair to retain quality moisture  and haircolor in your hair. We recommend Moroccan Oil Original Treatment or Nourishing Oil By Loma. They are dry oils, are conditioning and will prevent high heat from burning your cuticle layer.

-Control the temperature for your hair type. There is no need to use over 350 degrees on fine, delicate hair. Thicker hair needs 400-450 degrees.

-If your hair is fine or chemically damaged DO NOT use the flatiron to curl your ends. It creates too much stress on the hair and will make it break 5x faster.

trimDedicate yourself to regular hair trims, color refreshes, and deep conditioning.

-Hair trims are your best defense against split ends. Even if you are growing your hair out longer it is a good idea to keep the ends freshened up so the oldest hair is not prone to breakage. For short to medium hair schedule every 4-7 weeks. For medium to long hair schedule every 6-10 weeks.

-Does your color get dull and murky looking after about 6-8 weeks? Schedule a conditioning color refresh with your colorist. Some shades (like semi permanents, reds and pastels) fade quicker and need more maintenance to keep them looking shiny and saturated. If you recently received a bleach and tone it will be necessary to keep it toned regularly to battle brassiness or maintain tonal stability.

-You can schedule a deep conditioning treatment with a hair designer or you can do one at home. In salon treatments tend to last longer because some of them use heat to penetrate to the structure inside the hair. We recommend Restorative Hair Masque or Intense Hydrating Masque. These are easy to do at home once a week for dry or damaged hair in 5-15 minutes. Using moisture or moisture with protein will assist in keeping your hair’s health and manageability. (Some stylists use a disulfide mending OLAPLEX in salon as a treatment. Inquire at Emerson Salon with D’Arcy  for this service.)

Make sure to listen to your hair professional’s recommendations

on professional products for your hair type.

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mo -Stylists work with many, many heads of hair a day and know which products will work best for your hair type and styling regimen. So listen and learn!

-Products sold from a professional salon are the highest quality, do not contain extra water and are more concentrated than other store brands. Don’t trust Amazon, Bartell’s, CVS or Costco for your hair products. They could be expired, contain high levels of bacteria or be counterfeit.

-Your stylist makes the recommendations that will help you recreate the look done inside the salon. Reward them by giving them the sale and not an online outlet or store. Your stylist has your hairs’ health and style as a high priority in order for you to become or stay a returning customer.

-If a product doesn’t work for you, ask if you can exchange the product for one that does. No sense in keeping a product that you do not like the smell or isn’t optimal for you.

Your “Hair Resolutions” in 2016 can be upheld if you follow these easy steps. And remember- your hair is an investment! The more you put into your hair, the happier you will be with it!

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

We welcome Loma Conscientious Personal Care Products to Emerson Salon

 

Meet Emerson Salon’s newest haircare line addition: Loma Haircare. Loma products work great, smell great, and are very economically priced and locally made (in Monroe, WA). Loma also prints their own bottles, blends their own products, and fills their own bottles, which makes the company “one of the last independently owned and operated brands in the professional beauty industry actually manufacturing 100% of its own products.”

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Loma believes in Renewable, Sustainable Beauty; containing naturally healing, organic ingredients and essential oil based fragrances that embrace this belief. “Loma pioneered and set the standard for the use of Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, the primary base for all Loma products.”

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Loma has been around since 1991, and the company used to have 2 lines: Pearatin and Loma. Hair Guy Lancer, Emerson Salon co-owner, had used Peratin in the past (2004-2006), and a few of his clients really loved one particular product, “Pearatin Fortifying Repairative Serum”. It really is one of the stand-out products in the line, and it has since been re-named “Fortifying Repairative Tonic”. This product is phenomenal. It improves hair’s  elasticity, which eliminates breakage, improves the hair’s condition and integrity, resulting in less breakage due to over-use of heat and chemical processes, and in fewer split ends. This tonic will help your hair stay nice and smooth when blowdrying at home.  

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“I love this stuff! Since I’ve started using it, I get tons of compliments about the softness and shine of my hair. Unlike all the other serums I’d tried, this one doesn’t weigh my hair down and it doesn’t have an overpowering chemical smell. Highly recommend this serum for all types of hair.” –From makeupalley.com

When Loma had the two lines, it was very confusing! Though Loma’s product lines consolidated, and their packaging changed, the ingredients remain the same. Loma now is a clearly defined line that’s in keeping with their organic heritage and Aloe Vera based products, and they’re much easier to understand and use (also, they only kept the best products from each line!) If you have any questions for Loma, join their Facebook Community, and ask away!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Masterful Men’s Hair

Men’s hair needs to be versatile, as well as grow out attractively. Lately we have been seeing trends in short, medium and longer hairstyles for men. Here we detail the ways to ask for these haircut styles, and how long they generally can hold up for. Communicating your desires effectively with your stylist  is key to receiving not just a satisfactory haircut…but an excellent one!

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This is a very stylized haircut for men- but when it is worn with confidence, it can get many a look on the street. The sides and nape are clippered down to 1/8″, and blended into a disconnected top.  The barber or stylist needs to make sure the hair from the crown to the occipital bone is kept long, and to take time blending into the disconnection. Also, in order to emphasize the part line, it may be necessary to buzz the line to the skin. The top is left longer, and might need to be layered into the shorter blended hair around the temple or parietal area. Clipper over comb and shear work is essential to achieving a custom blend for the haircut and hairline. We love the product Night Rider by Kevin Murphy to style the pompadour look. This is a firm hold product, which will help to lay down the part. This look can last between 3-6 weeks.

 

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This is a great short to medium length look.  It utilizes clippers at the edges and ears, as well as shear over comb and layering work to taper the shorter parts into the top. Some stylists may add texture on top with shears, a razor or texturizing shears; depending on your hair type. If your hair is prone to frizz, request manual texturizing/carving/incising, which is with shears, to minimize unruly hair. A great product to use for this is Undressed by Kevin Murphy. It has light hold and a mild sheen to it, and will help emphasize the texture. This look can last between 4-7 weeks.

 

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This is a great short into long look. Don’t worry- your hair doesn’t need to be wavy or curly to achieve it. We’re showing you that this style looks good on textured hair as well! Clippers are used to sharpen the very edges only, and shears are used to remove bulk and length from the sides. The top is longer yet cut to emphasize movement and texture. We like to use Easy Rider by Kevin Murphy, to moisturize the hair as well as control frizzies and to take too-much fullness. This look can last 5-8 weeks.

Need a new ‘do? Our independently run hair designers all work with men’s and shorter hair!

BOOK ONLINE WITH YOUR PREFERRED STYLIST 24hrs- 48 hrs in advance, at

www.emersonsalon.com

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

5 Beautiful Long Hair Ideas

Long hair looks are sultry and give you many, many options for styling. Here we show you some of our favorite long hair styles and haircolors!

  • longhairColor: This is a balayage haircoloring service with soft golden dark blond and small flicks of lighter blond through the top and front. Ideally, your hair is medium to dark brown naturally so grow out  and maintenance will be minimalized.
  • Styling this: Blow dry with Moroccan Oil Original Treatment for heat protection, shine and moisture. Then apply a Kevin Murphy’s Anti-Gravity Spray before using a large barrel curling iron to create soft curl+wave.
  • Finish with flexible Working Spray by Alterna Caviar which contains caviar extract to protect the hair from over drying.

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  • Color: This is a soft balayage technique on medium dark brown hair. It is possible to achieve this with lifting haircolor on naturally pigmented hair to minimize damage.
  • Styling this: Once blown dry with Anti-Gravity lotion by Kevin Murphy, put the hair into 4 slightly loose braids. Take a flatiron and clamp down on the brain from the midshaft to the ends. Allow to cool and release the braids.
  • Finish with Moroccan Oil Medium Hold Hairspray..and go!
  • longhair3Color: This is a soft auburn haircolor with hints of strawberry blond balayage through the front and top.
  • Styling this: Blow dry on low speed medium heat from damp with Motion Lotion by Kevin Murphy for curl enhancement and frizz control. Then gather the hair to the side and 3 strand braid close to your neck. Hold the ends and loosen the braid by lightly tugging on the strands.
  • Finish by securing the ends with a hair tie and use a curling iron to make bends in through pulled out pieces in front.

 

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  • Color: This is an all over color in transluscent medium dark brown with neutral to ash tones.
  • Styling this: Blow dry from damp with a large round brush using Moroccan Oil Volumizing Mousse. Apply Dry Shampoo by Alterna Caviar at the roots to help keep volume. Then, back brush with a boar bristle brush 2″ from hair line in 2″ sections and spray with Working Spray. Brush the hairline over the volume and slowly smooth out the bumps spraying again. Secure with a few bobby pins by twisting the hair in the back.
  • Finish: Rough up the ends with a little teasing and go!

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  • Color: This is a soft “sombre” balayage that leaves the natural at the midshaft and subtly blends into 1 level lighter than 2 levels lighter on the ends. This look grows out beautifully and once achieved needs maintenance every 3-4 months.
  • Styling This: Use Undressed by Kevin Murphy to slick the hair into a high ponytail. Grab a piece of hair to wrap around the ponytail holder 3- 4 X and bobby pin securely into the base of the ponytail. Now softly make a 3 strand braid and secure with another ponytail holder.
  • Finish this by misting with a shine spray like Kendi Oil by Alterna Bamboo for shine on the entire thing.

……OR schedule a styling appointment with one of our independent hair designers and treat yourself to some fun style!

Go to emersonsalon.com now to book online!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Direct Dye Dilemmas

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Having semi permanent or direct dye color needs constant upkeep to maintain the color 

and has no guarantee how long it will last! If a semi permanent fades out, book another paid service to redeposit it. There is also no guarantee on the complete removal of direct dyes….

     We have had some ladies come 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 will 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 midly 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 twice a week before you attempt 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