Articles from ‘Capitol Hill’

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Finalist in “BEST OF” Seattle Weekly

WOW! We cannot believe it! After almost a year of new ownership-

We are a finalist in the Seattle Weekly’s “BEST OF” reader poll! VOTE HERE! salontour

PLEASE! Show us you #LoveEmerson and

Register and VOTE for Emerson Salon BEFORE JULY 26th

in the “HAIR SALON” category on the link below:

 

We have a lot of competition in the busy hub of Seattle so ….. feel free to vote and vote often!

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A Community of Independently Run Hair Designers Who Are “For Style That Works!”

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Our Capitol Hill Community

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Emerson Salon is located just above downtown Seattle in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Pike and Pine St. corridor where we are located has been changing significantly over the last few years. There are new condos and apartment buildings getting built all around the salon in addition to new restaurants, bars and shops. New people are coming to the area more and more and with that comes adjustment and change.

 

safeplace     The neighborhood in the past has been home to many artists and those in the LGBTQ community. With the influx of new people settling in the neighborhood coupled with the ever expanding nightlife- the hood has been suffering some growing pains. To battle this, there is a campaign to make sure those in the LGBTQ aren’t victims of hate crimes so Emerson Salon has partnered with SPD (Seattle Police Dept.) to make sure that those who feel at risk can find a respite until the police arrive. Anytime you see this sticker (see right) on the front of a business on Capitol Hill you know everyone can feel safe there!  Emerson Salon welcomes all types of people to our cozy salon and we embrace the diversity that surrounds us. We support everyone feeling comfortable and safe!

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The biggest addition to Capitol Hill will be the opening of the Light Rail Station on Broadway in early 2016 that connects the neighborhood to downtown and the University Dsitrict. It will mean ease of travel for many non-car drivers and hopefully an increase of foot traffic for businesses in the area. Take a look at a picture (see left) taken during a preview from the city by the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

Lastly, in order to honor the Capitol Hill “vibe” and honor its history there is an effort to make sure the rest of the world knows how much we, “#LovetheHill.”  Here is a trailer for a documentary interviewing Hill business owners and personalities that make this area so fun and unique. One of our co-owners, D’Arcy Harrison, is interviewed and we will make sure to share the entire thing with you via our social media outlets when it releases this summer!

DO YOU #LOVETHEHILL?

We do!

Come enjoy it with us by making a hair appointment with one of Emerson Salon’s independently run hair designers!

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!

 

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

WOW! Extreme Color Trends 2015

Emerson Salon is situated smack dab in the center of Seattle’s urban area that includes students, professionals, young style mavens,  artists and the LGBTQ community. This creates a cornucopia of hair styles and hair colors to stare at up and down  the Pike and Pine  corridor near where the salon is located.  We have MANY clients ask for exciting and bold shades of extreme haircolors like red, blue, green, etc.  Extreme haircolor is generally a bold semi permanent color that is deposited following a bleaching service.

 

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  1. Some colors require the hair to be the lightest shade of blond to show up. Example: Any pastel hue will need to be on light blond or almost white hair. Deep Purple can go on hair that is medium blond or caramel color. If your hair is previously colored or naturally dark it may be very damaging to get your hair to a lightness that will show a pastel best. So, we recommend being flexible with what you want as we generally aren’t going to attempt to bleach you to lightest blond if we think your hair may break due to aggressive bleaching.
  2. Once bleached, your hair will be sensitive to high heat or too much shampooing. High heat can cause major breakage on the now delicate bleached and colored hair so we recommend a medium setting. Shampooing every other day is not recommended as the color washes out with every shampoo. TIP: Get a custom color conditioner made by an Emerson Stylist by  Evo’s Fabuloso Pro. Whatever goes down the drain can be replaced by a color conditioner to help make the gorgeous shade last.
  3. Many of our stylists use Professional Pravana Haircolor ChromaVivids.  It is MUCH better than Manic Panic, Special Effects or drugstore color. Why?

A) Pravana has silk proteins which help mend the hair prior to bleaching

B) The pigments are higher quality and can be made to last longer by adding heat for 20-30min. without a cap.

C) the residue will NOT stain your items and will wash out with hot water, soap and oxiclean or bleach. TIP: if you get an extreme                              haircolor, avoid white towels, shirts and linens for the first week or two. The residue is known to leak or rub off sometimes. Make                             sure to clip hair away from neck and face to avoid residue transfer during sleep.

OR, if you want something that is completely temporary and will generally wash ALL the way out on light colored hair we can use Fabuloso Pro (see below) that is a semi permanent based on fabric dye to give you a fun new color for a 3-5 weeks only!

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Here at Emerson Salon we want to make you happy and will design the look based on your hair needs. If you are willing to come in every 4-6 weeks then we say GO FOR IT! Do the color all over and rock out that new fantastic hue! If you do not want to be coming in every 4-6 weeks we recommend a balayaged color that will leave more root to buffer grow out. OR! try a blended dip-dyed effect that focuses the color only on the mid shaft and ends.

What are the latest trends  for extreme haircolor? We are seeing a lot of different shades of teal and green, muted pink and icy blue (see images above) or violet gray. We recently saw a challenging extreme haircolor called,”Pixelated haircolor” that creates small boxes of veiled, extreme color that is outline by a dark brown or black color (see below.)

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Be Bold, Be Brave and book a service for that AMAZING and VIBRANT color you’ve been wishing for, our independent stylists here at Emerson Salon would love to have YOU in their chair!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Your Hair’s Unique Chemistry

 

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At Emerson Salon, each of our experienced independent stylists work hard to give each individual client specific attention in order to deliver a successful service to a satisfied client. Inherently, hairstylists are people pleasers and will generally work very hard with you to help you manage your expectations as well as trying to give you your requested haircolor.  HOWEVER!

  • We must explain and impress upon you that coloring hair is a CHEMICAL PROCESS. Whether you are permanently or temporarily coloring your hair- there are always chemicals involved. Also, just because something says it is “All Natural”, “No Ammonia” or “All Organic” does not mean there aren’t naturally occurring chemicals in the ingredients that can cause damage or issues with your hair. Some  “no ammonia” hair colors can actually do more to damage than and can create a false expectation in the user that they are doing something “healthy” for their hair. They use an ammonia derivative (MEA) that keeps aggressively working and working until it is shampooed out.

             (For example: You just got your hair highlighted a perfect neutral shade of blond and then you use a shampoo and conditioner with chamomile in it. Chamomile will enhance and give warm tones to your beautiful color and possibly ruin the work your professional stylist has achieved. Always take the advice from your stylist on the best professional products on your hair to help maintain your lovely look!)

  • Your hair and its follicle are fed nutrients from your blood and dermal system. Everything you do and everything you put into your body and/eat can contribute to how hair color interacts with your hair. Government agencies can test your hair for drugs because drugs stay longer on your hair than in your blood system or cells.

           (For example: If you are on any or multiple medications or your diet has changed, make sure to tell your stylist. Medication buildup on your hair can make hair color grab cooler or may not completely cover grey. If you have been eating unhealthily, this also can change the health and fullness of your hair. Your stylist can adjust how they achieve your hair color based on this information and can help to avoid a “bad color” by doing so.) (Another example: If you are gluten intolerant, PPD sensitive, or have skin sensitivities also tell your hairstylist so a skin issue doesn’t occur during your service. A skin  patch test can always be done to see if the haircolor will be an issue.)

  • There are many people that go to years and years of school to understand organic chemistry and how  chemicals interact with the body and hair. Hairstylists are not licensed chemists but are trained on how to achieve the most predictable results for what they are trying to achieve. They understand the hair’s BASIC chemistry and structure but do not have the in depth expertise to know how every chemical used on you might react with YOUR body and hair’s unique chemisty. Unfortunately, the hair has its own ideas when it comes to that and it is a stylists job to make sure they prepare for every scenario. Just because your haircolor turns out unexpectedly also does not mean your colorist is imcompetent. Of course, if a foil has bled or the application method is wrong those are within the colorists control. Just understand, it is possible for the chemicals to behave outside of prediction and most colorists will work with you to rectify it.
  • The hair’s chemical history can be very complicated to work with especially if you have multiple color services on your hair. If you had old highlights, then covered them up with box color and then go to get new highlights- it is possible the hair’s damage will make it break or the color may react oddly due to the mixture of history on the hair.

The important lesson to learn is that you should work closely with whomever is coloring your hair. Give all the information you can think of to give and realize that a stylist hasn’t failed because 5% of your hair isn’t to expectation. Usually, if their is an adjustment needed a stylist will offer a “fix” up to 2 weeks after the initial service if you are using recommended shampoo and support products.

Its all part of forming a long term relationship with a colorist who’s ultimate goal is to make you happy and to create great word of mouth for new clients. Create a lasting relationship with one of our experienced independent stylists by contacting on of ours directly today!

 

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Get Valentine’s Day Hair!


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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Here at Emerson we jokingly call it,”Commercialized Love Holiday.”

You do not have to spend tons of $ to get in the Valentine’s spirit. Above are some examples of how to make hearts in your  longer hair. The first is two braids rolled into a heart shape and pinned in the back of a  hairstyle. The second image above are 2 small braids put into a ponytail and looped through. Another braid is made just underneath the loop to bring the two prong braid into the second set below it. TIP: use clear small elastics to secure the braids so they do not interfere with the look. Lastly, a special one sided french braid on either side of a center part  can be curved into a heart and secured in the back. HINT: Make sure to use a sticky wax like Night Rider by Kevin Murphy so the pieces do not slip out of the braid. It also keeps little flyaways from popping out of the braid.

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Short hair can be fun to do something with for Valentine’s Day! Feeling Bold? Try out this buzz tattoo of heart with a red hairspray (can be found at Champion Costume Supply in Seattle) filling in the heart as shown below. Grows out within a month and then you can start fresh!

We LOVE all our Stylists and Hair Clients at Emerson Salon. Happy Love Day and we hope to share some TLC with your hair soon. Book directly with an Emerson Salon stylist through their individual profile TODAY!

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Pinterest Your New Look!

We love it when clients bring in pictures but sometimes pulling up pictures on Google Images can be annoying!  Hairstylists are visual animals who love to use images as inspiration for your new look.

So we suggest utilizing Pinterest boards and/or create your own account! Some of our stylists have their own hair Pinterest boards and we even have one for the salon! (see screenshot below or go to https://www.pinterest.com/emerson_salon/)

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Take a look-they are organized by category.  Like “Men’s Hair” or “Hair Color Ideas.” For example, if you are curious about trying out a new haircolor -you can pin many versions of ones that you like in order to have an in depth conversation with your stylist about what you prefer to see on your hair.

Feel free to peruse our stylists’ boards for inspiration! Who knows- maybe you will pick something that stylist has been dying to let someone try  on them!

  1. D’Arcy has www.pinterest.com/DARCYHAIRDESIGN which has  great formal styling and balayage pins….
  2. Lancer has https://www.pinterest.com/hglancer/ which includes “Awesome Men’s Hair,” and “Asymmetrical Cuts…”

Have fun and remember- the more you pin and share with your trust hair professional the more likely you will be “wowed” by what they create for you! Designing hair is fun so enjoy the process…… We want to enjoy it WITH you!

Contact an independent Emerson stylist through their profile to make an appointment directly today!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Educate Yourself On Hair Extensions

At Emerson Salon, we have a lot of potential clients call to inquire about hair extensions. Here our extensions specialist, D’Arcy, explains them, There is a lot to learn! Here we discuss the different types of extensions, their benefits and disadvantages.

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Extensions Types:

  1. Clip-ins or Halo: This is a temporary application method that can include 5-7 clip in wefts with curved barettes. The extensions hook into the section and (once closed and secured) sit snugly against the head shape. There is also a new type of extensions called Halo where the hair is on a miracle wire that can be easily put in or taken out of a hairstyle. Good for a special event or sporadic wear.(Available for purchase online through Sally’s beauty supply, Etsy, or through special order via D’Arcy Hair Design with a client consultation. Can take up to 2 weeks for delivery. Halo is available for purchase online or in Bellevue.)
  2. Tape-Ins: This is a semi-permanent application method where the wefts are applied by a hair professional where a light adhesive strip assists  adhere the weft to your hair. To remove, a hair professional uses a special bond remover liquid is used. Good for a special event or for 2-4 weeks of wear. Can be reused with additional adhesive strips. (not available at Emerson Salon)
  3. FusionThis is a permanent application method that uses heat and a special bond to adhere the tiny wift to your hair. This hair CANNOT be reused which means the $ invested in the hair is for one application only. Fusion extensions need to be removed by a trained professional with a special bond remover within 3 months of application. (not available at Emerson Salon)
  4. I-Tip or MicrolockThis is a permanent application method that uses a colored, aluminum bead that is threaded onto a small weft of your hair. The bead has grooves on the inside to help grip the small weft inserted into it and then the bead is closed to hold the extension in place.  This method is the least damaging to the hair and the hair can be reused between 2-4 times in order to maximize the investment in your hair purchase. Move-ups are required every 6-8 weeks to keep them looking and behaving well. (AVAILABLE AT EMERSON SALON WITH A CONSULTATION)

How long does my hair need to be to get permanent extensions?

We have many people who call and ask”I have a grown out pixie cut, can I get extensions?” The answer generally will be NO. Blending the extensions with a grown out shorter haircut is next to impossible and you will need so many extensions pieces that it is uncomfortable.  It is best to have hair that is a long bob or longer. It is also helpful if your haircut is textured and not blunt cut as blending a solid line with extensions is also problematic.

How do I care for my permanently applied extensions?

It is best to avoid washing the extensions more than once or twice a week because the more washing, the more apt the extensions are to slip or break apart. Once  double shampooed and conditioned once or twice a week, towel dry, apply a dry oil like Kendi Oil to help detangle and work the knots out from the bottom up with a wide tooth comb. Then let air dry or rough dry on medium heat. Its a good idea to use a powder dry shampoo by Alterna Caviar in between washing. It helps prevent your natural scalp oils from getting on the keratin tip on the extensions. which  can break them apart over time.

How many pieces need to be applied for a full head?

It depends. It depends on how long and how dense your hair is and what the desired effect of the extensions  will be. If you are looking for fullness on fine hair then between 40-80 pieces. If you are looking for length it really depends on how long your hair is. The shorter you hair, the more extensions will  be needed to make it appear long. It could take between 60-100 pieces for  length. If you want fullness and length then then you may need between 80-140 pieces.

Are permanent extensions uncomfortable?

If the permanent extensions are applied professionally, they will most likely only be slightly uncomfortable for the first few days when sleeping. The tip of the extension should not be poking out from the bead into the scalp to avoid discomfort. It is also a learning curve learning how to take care of and style your new hair extensions so be prepared to spend some time with a curling iron and flat iron. Adjusting to a new routine may be needed for your new tresses!

Why do salons that offer extensions not carry stock of hair at the salon?

Hair extensions are extremely expensive and in order to have a full stock of hair in the salon for the one or two clients of month who request it is just not good business sense. Also, there have been extensions salons robbed of an entire inventory of hair because of their worth. So, at Emerson Salon specifically it is NOT POSSIBLE TO GET DAY OF or DAY BEFORE extensions appointments.

To learn pricing for I-tip extensions through D’Arcy Hair Design go to www.darcyhairdesign.com/Services.html and book a consultation today! (WARNING: It takes 2-3 business days for hair to arrive once ordered following a consultation. You are charged directly for the hair and beads)

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

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!