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Articles from ‘Curly Hair’

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Check out Perfection SmoothOut

“Sleek, smooth, manageable hair is now possible without risk. Achieve perfect hair effortlessly with the Perfection SmoothOut. Perfection SmoothOut is a new patent-pending innovation that instantly and safely transforms coarse, frizzy, hair to smooth and superbly shiny with results lasting 8-12 weeks. Perfection SmoothOut employs a proprietary nano-amino acid complex that virtually alters the internal textural memory of the hair fiber to transform it to a smoother, frizz-free state. Why stop at great, when you can have Perfection?” (Source)

We just started carrying this new smoothing product. It’s comparable to the “Brazilian Blowout”, but, safe without the formaldehyde! I’m excited to have this safer version. This works great for people with frizzy or uneven textures. The cost is $180 for medium to long hair, but, for the next month I’ll do it for half off. That’s just $90!!

Post by John

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The Help


Last month we saw the release of the film version of the popular book “The Help,” which stars Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Allison Janney and Sissy Spacek. The story chronicles a young woman in the 1960′s who decides to write a book from the controversial point of view of the African-American “help” who aid in the raising of caucasian children in a segregated South. Acting as a true to life expose, the ripples from the book end up stirring part of the Civil Rights movement.

As the lead character, Eugenia (or Skeeter), Emma Stone’s hair departed from her natural auburn shade through the use of a wig to a lighter strawberry blond. The hair color is very soft and feminine and is easier to keep up than a vibrant red shade as it’s a more neutral tone. In addition, the texture or movement to the hair is a very tight curl (like the type we saw during the 1980′s) If you don’t have natural curl it can be a process to achieve. If you wish to create this look on yourself there are some ways to go about it:

  • If your hair is a natural medium brown or auburn, ask your stylist to formulate a lifting hair color. This type of color is a custom formulation that uses a higher level of chemicals that will break up the natural pigment deep within your hair. It is not always necessary to bleach out the hair to achieve lightness on naturally pigmented hair. (If you have any artificial pigment anywhere on your hair, it is necessary to bleach.)
  • To achieve the tight curl, ask for a permanent wave service that uses small to medium rods in a corkscrew layout. This will give the most optimized curl from just below the root to the ends. Perms are much more advanced these days and there are types that can be used on colored hair, highlighted hair, resistant hair or normal hair. It is even possible to color and perm on the same day!
  • To style on permed or naturally curly hair, start with MoroccanOil Shampoo and Conditioner which are paraben and sulfate free. By prepping with the appropriate products in the shower you can minimize frizz and manageability. Once towel dried (scrunch, don’t rub), mix MoroccanOil treatment oil and the Intense Curl Cream. This will hydrate and control the curl in addition to giving it hold and bounce. Diffuse on a medium heat setting until 90% dry as drying completely can frizz up the hair. Finish with Working Spray by Alterna for a flexible hold.

This film looks like a really great conversation starter and exhibits some really awesome 1960′s hair. The performances are also amazing!
Want to maximize your hair’s performance? Come on in to Emerson Salon and receive a free product consultation with your service!

Post by D’Arcy

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

A Look at the Hair from “Midnight In Paris”

When one of my clients told me that Woody Allen had another movie coming out, I had to do some research. I hadn’t seen a recent Woody Allen film in awhile, though I have always enjoyed his movies.
Midnight In Paris, written and directed by Allen, stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. It is, of course, a romantic comedy, about a family traveling to Paris for business. Owen and Rachel are cast as a young engaged couple who confront the “illusion that a life different from their own is better.”

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I believe that both Wilson and Allen have had hair transplants. They both look great and their haircuts suit them very well. Allen’s hair, all white, is cut short. When hair goes white (or gray), is coarser and thicker than the hair it replaced. As we all age, lighter hair makes us look younger, as our skin also pales.

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Wilson’s hair, while not white, has been highlighted. His hair is cut longer, with casual layers. The combination of his hair color and style gives his hair texture, movement, and warmth, and keeps him also young-looking.

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McAdams’s hair for “Midnight In Paris” is cut into an A-line bob. She wears it curly and tousled in the front, which helps to blend her bangs into her new bob cut. Personally, I like her hair better here, with her bangs worn down and separate from her longer hairstyle. Bangs suit her face and show off her eyes better.

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This movie looks fun and after viewing “Match Point”, I am excited to see Allen’s newest movie!

Post by Lancer

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Hair by Franz: Lorena’s Cut and Curl

Lorena came in to get her hair cut by me last week. This was a really fun cut to do because I got to witness a dramatic change. Lorena has a lot of hair and she didn’t have a lot of layers. Combine these with the fact that she has curly hair naturally means that she had a huge amount of hair.

When we cut her hair, we cut her shortest layers to fall at her lips so to relieve a lot of weight and bulk and show off her natural texture a bit better. I wouldn’t recommend this for people with more straight hair or thinner heads of hair because it will more than likely remove too much hair and make it look even more thin.

When we curled her hair, we wanted to get her looking good for her trip to the beach. After we washer her with Alterna Bamboo Anti-Frizz shampoo and Conditioner, our products de jour were Kevin.Murphy Motion.Lotion, to fight frizz and enhance her curl, Kevin.Murphy Damage.Manager, to protect her hair from the heat, and Kevin.Murphy Hair.Resort Spray to help give her curls a bit more of a beach texture.

When we curled her hair we left a few inches out of her roots and ends and just wrapped the hair down around an open curling iron in large horizontal sections. Once the hair was too hot to touch, we let the hair down and let it cool. Once the head was completed and cooled we broke up the curls with out fingers lightly and sprayed the Hair.Resort on the hair.

Do you think this look works for you? Have any questions? Feel free to book an appointment with me by calling 206-323-7437 or booking online at Emersonsalon.com or emersonsalon@gmail.com

Post by Franz

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

How to Get Francis Barber’s Look from Doctor Who

Francis Barber plays as one of the mysterious villains of the BBC show Doctor Who. Little is known of Barber’s character so far, but we know that she can definitely rock her futuristic, femme fatale updo!

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The best way to get this look is to have your hair brushed back towards your crown and the top of your hair. Pin the hair in place and then proceed to spray the hair with Kevin.Murphy Damage.Manager to protect the hair from heat. Take your curling iron and, while taking small sections, curl the hair and pin the curls in place to cool. In the front, curl the hair away from your face and let it drop down to cool.

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Once the curls have cooled, un-pin them and break up the curls. Take bobby pins and begin to pin the curls down to keep them close to the head. She keeps her hanging curl relatively intact, so I would recommend leaving that alone. Spray with Kevin.Murphy Session.Spray and you’re done!

Think this would be a great look for you? Come into Emerson Salon and book an appointment with me today!

Post by Franz

Friday, June 17th, 2011

T.G.I.F!: Katy Perry’s Hair from Last Friday Night

Katy perry’s Music video for her song Last Friday Night shows her transformation from dental headgear to 80′s bombshell! The video is funny and entertaining with cameos and guest stars like Kenny G and Rebecca Black.

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Getting this hair may be a definite challenge. You can go either one of two ways. You can either perm your hair to get those curls and leave the top front portion unpermed, or you can curl it yourself. I would recommend curling it yourself with a thin curling iron for a temporary style. To do this you would need to purchase a curling iron with the correct size barrel that you want your curls to be. Also, having a haircut with more layers in it is better for this style, or else you may end to much bulk at the ends of your hair.

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Use Kevin.Murphy Anti.Gravity to blow dry the hair for as much volume as you can get. Then, once dry, spray the hair with Kevin.Murphy Damage.Manager to protect the hair from damage from the iron. Then in small sections, wrap the hair around the iron, alternating directions as you go. On the top where she has her big curl, take that section and with a large curling iron, curl the hair in one large curl making sure the hair is thoroughly heated. wrap it so it curls away from your face. Pin the curls and let them cool in place, thus prolonging their life. Once its curled and cooled, then you may want to back comb the base of the front curls and anywhere else on the head where you want more volume!


Have any other questions about hair? Don’t be afraid to come on in to Emerson Salon and ask me a question. Set up your next appointment with me today!

Post by Franz

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

How to Get Alex Kingston’s Hair from Doctor Who

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The actress Alex Kington, most noted for her role on ER, has been an ongoing character on the British television show Doctor Who. As some of you may know, I am a big Doctor Who fan. With the mid-season finale of airing a few weeks ago, revealing many details to the mysterious character, River Song (Alex Kingston), I couldn’t help but talk about some of her hair that has appeared so far.

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Kingston is asked to wear many variations to her naturally curly hair. For enhancing curls, I always turn to MoroccanOil and Kevin.Murphy. MoroccanOil Oil Treatment will hydrate her curls and then dried gently with MoroccanOil Curl Enhancer to add hold and define her curls. This combination will help reduce frizz, control curl, and hydrate the hair.

Kingston’s hair throughout the series is always as big as the mysteries she hides throughout the series. To get this volume in your hair gently blow dry it with a diffuser attachment to your blowdryer. This will weaken the flow of air from your dryer thusly reducing stress put on the curls. Use the diffuser to dry the hair upwards to maintain volume.

Use these tips to get your hair ready for adventure!

Post by Franz

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Oprah


Oprah’s last season is over and we salute her devotion to true beauty and education here at Emerson Salon. We wish we could give her a going away present as a send off but she has everything! Including a network, O.W.N.!

If we ever had the privilege of doing Oprah’s hair (her stylist Andre does a fantastic job of transforming her daily) we would probably use the MoroccanOil line. We’re sure she would greatly appreciate how the MoroccanOil company contributes to a women’s co-op that cultivated the argan nut for the product line. The dry oil has tons of UV inhibitors to protect color and does not build up on hair like silicone serums you can buy at drugstores.

Oprah likes to wear her hair a number of ways so here are some tips on what to use on African American textured hair:


To straighten: Cocktail the MoroccanOil Oil Treatment with the Hydrating Style Cream. It gives ample moisture for smoothing hair when blowdrying and flat ironing. Moroccan Oil is a treatment line so when using high heat implements it is the perfect way to style and condition simultaneously.


For natural curl: Use the MoroccanOil Intense Curl Cream for ultimate frizz control and moisture when blow dry diffusing.

For added moisture and conditioning: Use MoroccanOil Moisturizing Mask for 10 minutes on towel dried hair once a week. Easy to apply and no major wait time so you can get on with your day.

Thank you Oprah for all your many years of gab, charity and education. You have made us better.

Post by D’Arcy

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

How to Get Madonna’s Vogue Look


I recently came across a great Mashup while on Youtube. It combines Madonna’s Vogue and Ducksauce’s song Barbra Streisand. Her style in the video is reminds us of current trends that have people shaving or pinning their hair on the sides of their head to get that Mohawk look, or just accentuate top volume.

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To get this style with short hair, use a small curling iron or rollers to set curls in the hair, using Kevin.Murphy Damage.Manager to prep the hair. Once the curls have cooled, remove any clips or rollers and use your fingers and a small bit of the Kevin.Murphy Easy.Rider to separate and define the curls. Use the Kevin.Murphy Powder.Puff to add any volume you need to the top. Then section out the sides of the hair and brush it back and up towards your crown and pin in place with bobby pins, being sure to hide them within the hair.

Think this look is for you? Come in to Emerson Salon for your next appointment!

Post by Franz

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Hair Tip of the Day: Protein and Moisture

Many things can affect the quality and health of your hair, such at what you eat, how much stress you have, your health, and a myriad of other factors. But when it comes down to the bottom line your hair needs two things to be healthy: Protein and Moisture.

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If you have curly or wavy hair, you may notice that your hair can get dry easily. Typically, curly and wavy hair types need that extra bit of TLC when it comes to moisture. This is easy to remedy by stocking up on some key products. Look to the MoroccanOil line for salvation! The entire line of products is crammed with moisture to enrich the quality of your hair. If your hair is extremely dry from damage (be it, environmental, heat, or chemical damages), I strongly suggest picking up the MoroccanOil Intense Hydrating Mask.

Come in and check out MoroccanOil Products today!

Post by Franz