Articles from ‘Capitol Hill’
Monday, November 7th, 2016
Thursday, September 29th, 2016
¬† ¬†In the cosmetology industry, it is important to stay knowledgeable on new technologies in hair color and hair products because innovations in ingredients and trends are ever-changing. To that end, Emerson Salon colorists have started to encounter more and more people with sensitivities and allergies to ammonia and PPD and have wanted to broach this issue for our clienteles.
What is PPD?¬†Phenylenediamine (or PPD) is an organic compound used in hair dyes, as well as in rubber chemicals, textile dyes and pigments. Manufacturers like it because it has a low relative toxicity level, high temperature stability, and chemical and electrical resistance. In other words, it helps the new color stay on your hair despite numerous washings, dryings, and stylings. (from¬†http://www.annmariegianni.com/)
Why is PPD “bad?”¬†The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) notes the following:
-PPD is potentially capable of causing multiple toxic effects following skin contact.
-Data from studies of both humans and animals are sufficient to demonstrate that PPD has potent skin-sensitizing properties.
-Several cases of contact dermatitis have been reported following occupational exposure to dyes containing the chemical.
-Studies have also identified the chemical as the third most common ingredient, after fragrances and preservatives, that can cause contact dermatitis from cosmetics (mainly skin-care products, hair preparations and colorants, and facial makeup products).
We listened and have taken on the NEW color line Color.Me Kevin Murphy that is PPD FREE, Ammonia Free, Cruelty free and the ONLY PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) approved hair color line. We are so excited! If you look at the image to the left- you will see a color that prematurely faded on resistant grey hair with ammonia based permanent hair color. Then, observe the after as well as the ZERO fadeage after 3 weeks. WOW! What a difference! Check out more before and afters below!
Here is some more information on its features+ ingredients:
- Color. Me is a performance driven line which means it is highly predictable and has minimal fade-age.
- It has a wonderful rose tea fragrance and barely any chemical smell at all because it is an MEA ammonia derivative and not actual ammonia.
- It causes next to no skin irritation and does not stain like ammonia based hair color.
- ¬†It contains: shea butter, pomengranate, aloe vera, grapeseed oil, panthenol, almond oil (those with allergies to nuts may be sensitive,) coconut oil and most importantly, HONEY!
- The haircolor will never spoil or expire because of the sugars contained in the honey base.
- The line is designed for custom formulation and can be made semi, demi or permanent based on the artistic choices of the colorist as well as the desires of the client.
- ¬†Has 3 types of bleaches: cream/oil based, ammonia based and non-ammonia lighteners give the professional the control to determine how much damage and lift is incurred on the hair.
¬† Want to have Color. Me by Kevin Murphy haircolor for your next all over color or balayage?
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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‚Äôs 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
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.
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
Emerson Salon is a PROUD SPONSOR of the 2016 Seattle Fringe Festival.
A celebration of independently produced live performance in the genres of sketch comedy, scripted plays, dance, burlesque, puppetry, clown and more! Feb 25-Mar 5¬†20 shows perform multiple performances and they all hail from Seattle proper.
This year it will be hosted at Annex Theatre+Eclectic Theater (steps from Emerson Salon!) as well as in the
lower level of the Seattle Center Armory.
Emerson Salon’s co-owner, D’Arcy Harrison, is a passionate thespian + producer as well as theatre advocate and marketer on top of her duties as a stylist and company runner. She has many hair clients that hail from the theatre community! She is supporting the festival additionally through fundraising +marketing efforts and hopes you will attend a show or 2!
¬†Pocket Theater (who is also sponsored by Emerson Salon) in Greenwood is also a community partner of SFF2016 alongside fellow sponsors+partners, Akropolis Performance Lab, Annex Theatre, Theatre Puget Sound, Umbrella Project, Saint John’s Bar and Eatery, and SOLO bar.
WHICH of the 20 shows DOES EMERSON SALON RECOMMEND?
¬†1. A Necessary Sadness will be at Seattle Center Armory’s TPS Studio. “A Necessary Sadness explores the ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†sorrows that exist and connects us. A variety show with storytellers, improv¬†artists, sketch performers, musicians ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†and a stand up comedian, originally inspired by the Dictionary of Obscure¬†Sorrows.”
get tickets at:¬†http://seattlefringefestival.org/a-necessary-sadness/
2.¬†An Oak Tree¬†will be at Seattle Center Armory’s TPS Center Theatre. “An absurdly comic play for two actors, ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† one of whom has never seen the play or read the script. ‚ÄúAn Oak Tree‚ÄĚ explores the power of human imagination, ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†and our ability to transform our world and ourselves. David Gassner¬†performs with a different guest actor at each ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†performance. ‚ÄúA play about theatre, a magic trick, a laugh and a¬†vivid experience of grief, and it spoils you for a ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†while for other plays.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Caryl Churchill
get tickets at:¬†http://seattlefringefestival.org/dump/
3.¬†DUMP ¬†a burlesque show¬†will be at Annex Theatre on Capitol Hill. “DUMP is a depraved, John Waters- ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†inspired, Sex and Garbage ¬†Extravaganza, that will make¬†audiences wish they brought a moist towelette.”
get tickets at:¬†http://seattlefringefestival.org/dump/
4. Illuminati: the Musical¬†a sketch comedy show by Lovesnack happening at Annex Theatre. “Baylie Freeman ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†and Caitlin Obom are Love Snack, a musical sketch comedy duo with one goal ‚ÄĒ get into theupper echelon of the ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Illuminati at all costs. Join them on a journey of unsettling discoveries and unflagging¬†enthusiasm. Finally, a ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†multimedia theater presentation that asks and then swiftly answers that age-old¬†question: Can any omnipresent ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†and unspeakably influential secret society ever match the power of friendship?”
get tickets at:¬†http://seattlefringefestival.org/lluminati-the-musical/
For additional info, age recommendations, summaries, maps, and parking tips-
go to seattlefringefestival.org …and..
SEE YA AT THE FRINGE! #DoTheFringe #SFF2016 #SEAthtr
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
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!
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.
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.
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!
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Emerson Salon is growing, evolving and changing constantly- just like hair!
From a new chandelier to decor shifts ¬†and now-
We have changes as to which stylists decide to lease and conduct their businesses inside of Emerson.
Chandra Chenvert has moved on from Emerson Salon.¬†You¬†may reach her at ph# (206) 713-4085
Jason Farmer (The Barber Jason) has RETURNED¬†to Emerson Salon.
You can reach him via text message (206) 326-0894 for a men’s cut or towel shave Wed thru Sat!
Or book online with Jason¬†HERE.
Kyle Larsen (Known as Larsen) is now at Emerson Salon!
To book¬†a men’s cut appointment with Larsen, ¬†you may reach him via text message at (206) 384-5508 Wed thru Sat!
Or book online with Larsen HERE.
We aim to empower independent hair designers at Emerson Salon and are so excited to round out our team with these exceptional craftsmen!
Find out more about our stylists through www.emersonsalon.com
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
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!
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.
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.
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