Articles from ‘Culture’

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Get To Know Hair Designer Esther!

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‚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.

 

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Sassy Salon Supports the FRINGE!

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Emerson Salon is a PROUD SPONSOR of the 2016 Seattle Fringe Festival.

What is the 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

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Salon Confessional #1

Ok, ok!
………………WE CONFESS!!!………….
Emerson Salon is a salon without front desk receptionists!
(CLUTCH THE PEARLS)
¬†It’s OK! WE PROMISE! It totally is!
Salons are NOT all run the same, times are changing with new technologies and having receptionists is NOT the only way to provide quality service in a hair salon!
By the end of 2015, roughly over HALF of  salon businesses will be booth renter salons or stylists according to the Professional Consultants & Resources (PCR)) (see pie chart below. )
Having receptionists is an expensive luxury to have when  stylists can do most of the essential business functions themselves with a mobile device app,
laptop or smartphone for scheduling and payment. 
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  • Co-Owners of Emerson Salon (Lancer Forney and D’Arcy Harrison) chose not to have receptionists so each individual self employed stylist inside Emerson Salon can maximize their profitability and run their hair chair as they see fit (beyond general safety, sanitation, licensure, leasure and insurance obligations. ) They are trained, seasoned, screened professionals with the expertise to execute fantastic hair transformations while concurrently¬†doing¬†their own business tasks.

Appointment Time

  • Emerson Salon does offer easy online 24 hrs a day booking with your preferred stylist. Your stylist is in absolute control of their appointment calendar, its set up and communications.
  • PLEASE MAKE ONLINE APPOINTMENTS 12-24 HOURS IN ADVANCE.
Why is it better to book ahead?
Well, we are happy to share an inside scoop on our community of independent hair designers. ¬†ūüôā
Because all our stylists have ultimate control over their calendars and business and its very important to give them the space to customize their day. Doing hair is ultimately a business- one that is fun, exciting and ever changing with new trends and techniques but also requiring of time, care and expertise.
We cannot always guarantee same day availability.
If it is possible- we will do our best to help make a same day appointment happen but
that is entirely up to the discretion of the independent hair designer you wish to work with.
We understand life runs quickly….. but in the land of Hair-
Planning, Preparation and Patience are KEY for you to receive “Happy hair!”
We appreciate our WONDERFUL clients and aim to make sure every individual feels taken care of and listened to when they are with us inside Emerson Salon.
Come to us “For Style That Works”
by booking with
one of us online at www.emersonsalon.com 

 

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Historic Trifecta 2015 Show

trifecta1trifecta This past weekend, most of our team (seen far right) attended a cosmetology show hosted and run by  distributor Salon Services.

The event was held at the wonderful Fremont Studios venue in Seattle for 2 whole days where hair designers from all over the Pacific Northwest were delighted by demonstrations in cut, color and style. The product companies that participated were Kevin Murphy, ColorProof, Keune, Moroccan Oil, Green Circle Salons and the author of the book, “Psy-cosmetology.”

The format was extremely interesting with Salon Services owners introducing and asking the CEO or Artistic Directors of each product company: What is the biggest challenge facing the salon industry now and in the future? and What is most important to you and your organization? Many said the diversion of salon products to internet and grocery stores is a huge challenge to professionals in the beauty industry. Our clients should be getting specific recommendations from us as professionals and purchasing with us in salon. At Emerson Salon, we try to carry brands that are rarely diverted and cost exactly the same if they buy it online or in salon.
trifectarosegold¬† ¬† ¬†The first company to show us some fabulous hair were some platform artists from Kevin Murphy. They are releasing their own color line called Color.Me in the US this coming September. They demonstrated some dimensional color effects on the model you see to the left¬†to execute some trendy Rose Gold haircolor with a cotton candy pink on the ends. Former NAHA winner, Tony Ricci also demonstrated some amazing editorial hair and even brought out a toy “Barbie” braider to create twisted braids in the hair (we do not recommend using this at home!.) One of the styles used colored scrap hair from the salon sprayed into cone shapes with Session Spray to make an elaborate “dinosaur” updo (see left below.) Another amazing style Tony did for us was using tight cornrows threaded with yak hair and then the sewing was cut to create a messy dread lock effect. (see right below)

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Next up was Moroccan Oil products with some amazing styles from THREE platform artists. This line uses a moisturizing argan nut dry oil as the key ingredient. They showed us some styles that could be easily achieved on clients as well as some extreme  looks executed with extra wigs and bun donuts. (see below)

 

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Then we were treated to a color demonstration from the Holland based company Keune. One of Emerson Salon’s co-owners, D’Arcy, volunteered to assist George Alderete briefly onstage. Look below for proof of her foiling magic on the model! (see left below)

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And a highlight of the event was getting to learn from Phillip Wilson from ColorProof who used to work alongside Vidal Sassoon many years ago. He is an exciting and dynamic personality and had the entire room of over 900 hairstylists in stitches. Here, he demonstrates how to create a classic graduated bob using a 2 comb technique instead of traditional layering with fingers and comb. It was amazing to see a totally different approach to the chic style!

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One of the most exciting part of the events was at the end of the second day. One of the vendors had to unfortunately drop out and as a replacement….we were treated to a HISTORIC COLLABORATION between many of the artistic directors and platform artists on some more hair models. Some stylists even worked on the same model simultaneously (see below!) The Salon Services owners Sydney and George were overwhelmed with emotion to see these wonderful hair designers coming together to give the gathered stylists a once in a lifetime treat! Usually, these individuals would never get to cross the aisle to work with another hair designer contracted with a rival product company. It was exciting and awe inspiring to see these successful artists joining to present us with this priceless opportunity!

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Education is SO important to a hair designer staying inspired and on top of their game. We learned a lot at Trifecta 2015 by Salon Services and are excited to let these ideas propel our work with clients into the stratosphere!

Book with one of our independently run hair designers by choosing one from a profile and contacting them directly for an appointment!

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!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Frolicking, Fun Hair at Festivals

The music festival season is upon us! When the sun comes out, the desire to dance  outside and listen to top acts strut their stuff means you have to have fun hair! (Duh!)

Here we review some of the looks we saw popping up at SXSW and Coachella recently as you prepare for Sasquatch and other fests…

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The trendiest women’s hair colors are pastels this spring. Light Teal, slate gray and pale lilac (see right above) are all the rage and young women are calling off the hook at the salon for them! It is good ¬†for you to know, however,that in order to achieve these looks that there will be bleaching involved. Hair must be lifted to a pale white/yellow blond in order for any pastel to show up. Otherwise the remaining pigment in the hair will override the color you are trying to achieve (imagine trying to put pale blue on yellow/gold hair- yellow and blue makes green! no bueno!)

Bleaching the hair to this level  of lightness can be extremely damaging to the hair and can be costly for you as a client. So, if you want to avoid hair breakage Рyou can always opt for a nice wig (see Kylie Jenner above) or try a colored hair powder or spray and set it with some flexible hairspray like AllAround by ColorProof so it will not rub off on clothes or friends you hug. These methods simply wash out in the shower with shampoo and water but be careful- if your hair is porous or damaged it could stain the hair a tad.

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If you are just looking for some fun styles to try to wear at our own Capitol Hill Block Party (July 24-26) in Seattle, try some fun braids! You can do some beach waves with Hair Resort by Kevin.Murphy and take a small, reverse french braid down the center part (left above) or try a loosened up french braid (right above.)  Need some tips? Try watching this YouTube tutorial here.

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Guys like to have fun with their festival hair too!

You could try what has been playfully coined,”The Lumbersexual Look,” (see left above) which is a very tight fade/clipper cut with a buzzed in part along the disconnection, longer hair on top (for parting and pompadour-ing) and a full beard that dramatically transitions in the sideburn area. Try using Night Rider or Super Goo by Kevin Murphy to help hold the coiffed style on top. Or you can try a clean and tight taper cut with a dreaded/messy top (see right above, Vic Mesa at Coachella.)

Bring your inner boho-chic out with these festival trends and make sure to hit up Emerson Salon for all your hair needs- our independent hairstylists are excited to work with you! Book with one 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!

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Join the Road Trip

Did you know that Emerson Salon has a theatre artist in its midst? Indeed we do! On top of her daily duties as hair extraordinaire- D’Arcy Harrison has reignited her craft in the Seattle fringe theatre scene by auditioning for Theatre Puget Sound while working with a reputable Stella Adler Acting Coach, Charles Waxberg (www.theatre912.com). D’Arcy has an extensive background in theatrical production, performance, in addition to set and lighting design after receiving her BFA in Acting at Emerson College in Boston, MA.

The most recent show D’Arcy will be performing in is called, “Cedar and the Redwoods,” and it is an original ensemble driven tragicomedy put on by Copious Love Productions. The play follows 20 something Cedar as she receives news of a family death and drives from San Francisco to Portland, OR for the funeral. Cedar is not alone on her drive though; the stress has exacerbated her schizophrenic condition and her other personalities are distracting her. She must battle her personal demons as well as ghosts from her past as she struggles to survive her journey through the Redwood forest.

Come see the show and be part of this poetic piece’s Seattle debut!!

March 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 30 and April 5, 6. Pay What You Can: Thursdays (14+ 28). Doors at 7pm, all performances start at 7:30pm at Washington Hall on 14th Ave and Fir (Central District).

Reserve Tickets at: cedarandtheredwoods.brownpapertickets.com
Visit the facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/290187531083261/

Read D’Arcy’s hairstylist bio on this site or go to www.darcyhairdesign.com to learn more about her pricing and see pictures of her cut,color and styling work!