Articles from ‘Curly Hair’

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Historic Trifecta 2015 Show

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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, March 18th, 2015

Sexy Men’s Hair

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¬†Do you get uncomfortable trying to tell your stylist what type of short men’s haircut you prefer?

Here are some tips on how to talk about getting a new look:

1) Learn some basic terminology: Taper, Block, Fade, Layers

(We also found a great terminology guide here that has some pics: http://www.ftmguide.org/haircuts.html)

      РTAPER: Looking at the picture above, see how the hair moves down the head from longer to shorter to nothing? That is what we call tapering. This can be done with clippers but can also be detailed and perfected with shear over comb or other techniqgues. It leaves an undefinable difference between hair and the neckline.

¬† ¬† ¬† -BLOCK: When a barber or stylist asks you if you like the back “blocked off” it means there is still some hair bulk that can be cut so there is a definable line at the hairline.

      -FADE: This refers to the technique of blending the different lengths as it is tapered. Otherwise, you can see obvious differences between the lengths. For example, if the hair was not faded like in the picture above you could see heavy weight lines from the bulk that has been left.

      -LAYERS: This refers to the act of using scissors to remove weight from the hair. This technique can help blend longer hair down into shorter, more faded lengths. This technique is helpful in softening the bulk on the top and crown of the head.

2) Learn what type of hair you have:

¬† ¬† ¬†-Fine, Medium, Thick (refers to each individual hair’s thickness)

     РStraight, Wavy, Curly, Kinky (refers to texture)

     РThin, Medium or Thick Density (refers to density of hair)

Once you know what type of hair you have it is much easier to try and find pictures of haircuts that would work best with your hair type. Google mens cut+ your hair type and look in the images portion of the search results. Or, use Pinterest! Stylists love looking at pictures of what you are looking for in your new haircut! Also, it helps you to understand how your hair will work for your new haircut.

3) Make sure to tell your stylist what has and has not worked for your hair in the past.

Do you have any odd cowlicks or growth patterns? Does you hair stick out as it grows back in? Does your hair hate razor cuts or thinning shears? No sense in repeating ickyness from old haircuts! 

4) Ask the stylist to recommend the right product for the haircut you are asking for.

No sense in wearing that awesome new do without the right product to help show it off! TIP: Have the stylist give you a brief tutorial on how to put it into your hair. Do you need a comb? Can you use your fingers? Do you have to do any heat styling? TIP: The top 2 products for men at Emerson Salon are the lightweight Easy Rider and the matte ,firm hold Night Rider by Kevin Murphy.

Men’s short haircuts grows quickly so changing your style every few months is possible for many ¬†men! Try out one of our EXCITING stylists at Emerson Salon for your next haircut …….

 

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Path to Perfect Curls

In the salon, we hear so many times from clients who say,

“I have no idea how to style my hair for special occasions!”

  It is not always possible to get into a stylist for a perfect hair do for a holiday party or family gathering this time of year. Here, we give you some definitive assistance on how to curl your medium to long length hair. 

  Preferably, use any heat tool that can heat ceramic or tourmaline plates up to 400 degrees fahrenheit with either an adjustable dial or digital LCD display.  If you have finer hair 300 degrees is sufficient but if you have thicker, coarser hair a higher heat may be chosen.

Below we review some tips on how to curl ¬†your hair. It’s very important to know what technique and tool creates which type of curl.


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  As a foundation, we recommend having clean, blow dried hair with Anti-Gravity volumizer lotion to help finer hair types hold the curl (this product is heat activated and helps the heat tool to leave a longer-lasting impression on finer hair.)

On thicker, frizzier hair types product may be used in a “cocktail” before blow-drying for¬†heat protection and moisture. We recommend mixing Moroccan Oil and Anti Gravity together before applying to damp hair before you blowdry. You can always make sure to spray the hair after curling with a flexible hairspray as it cools. We love Working Spray by Kevin Murphy.

-A 1″ barrel iron (see above) if held vertically can create a consistent spiral curl if begun at the top and moved through to the ends (see brunette above.) These can be finger separated for curl volume or twisted together for “mermaid tendrils” once the curls have curled.

-If soft retro waves is what you are looking to achieve (like seen on Reese Witherspoon above), hold the curling iron horizontally in big sections. Curl from ¬†the middle of the section ¬†(3-4″ down from the partline) moving the iron through to wrap the ends. Sections underneath may be curled closer to the root. Once curled and released, use your hands to smooth the wave out a bit and spray with flexible hairspray. ¬† ¬†

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If you are looking for a softer look (see Mila Kunis right above), try using a cone shaped clipless curling iron(seen left above). It takes some practice to use but if you use a thermal protective glove you can avoid burning your fingers until you feel more comfortable using it.

-Taking 2-3″ vertical sections, wrap each section of hair with the wide portion of the iron towards the roots. Make sure to wrap the section ¬†away from your face without twisting it .

-Once you have curled the entire head and allowed the hair to cool, use your fingers to softly separate the wave/curl and spray.

-For a tighter beach wave look, twist the hair before wrapping it.

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Sometimes you might want a consistent beach wave all over the head (see Fergie above) and that is when we recommend using a triple barrel wave iron (see above).

-Start in 2′ sections and slowly work down the section to the ends starting 3-4′ from the root.

-Once waved and cooled, finger separate and apply a lightweight beach texturizer like Hair Resort spray from Kevin Murphy.

-Then lightly spray with Session Spray from Kevin Murphy (firm hold.)

If you aren’t comfortable trying these techniques on yourself- its ok! It takes time and patience to build up skills with your hair. Need a hairstyle now? You can either book a shampoo blowout with one of our stylists for a tutorial style or book a complete formal style!

Our independent hair designers are so excited to work with you- book with one today!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

A Winter of Dry Hair Issues!

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 Its that wintery time of year! Being trapped in indoor heat all day and then, braving the cold winds of winter can really do a number on the condition of your hair. If you feel like your hair is starved for moisture and TLC, use some of these tips to rehab it back to health!

  1. Remember, you do NOT have to shampoo every day. You can rinse your hair with warm to hot water to move the oils down the hair shaft. This will allow your hair to coat your hair naturally and to eliminate that greasy feeling at the scalp. Using a dry shampoo also can assist you to eliminate oils between shampoos.
  2. Use appropriate shampoos and conditioners for your hair type. Avoid sulfates and remember thicketr/coarser hair needs extra moisture where finer hair needs lightweight conditioning that won’t weight it down. We are loving Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate.Me series that uses a kakadu plum that add moisture for all textures!
  3.  Apply leave-in conditioner or dry argan oil to the mid-shaft to ends on a daily basis. If you heat style you could make sure to do it twice a day- once before heat styling and once before bed. We recommend Moroccan OilРit is also great for holding color and cutting down on blow dry time those early mornings before work.
  4. Use a satin pillowcase to stop hair frizz from being created while you toss and turn while sleeping. Cotton pillowcases will draw moisture away from your hair and dry it out more.
  5. Avoid high heat tools and blow dryers.¬†A medium setting will take longer but your hair’s condition will not suffer from the shock of being forced to dry/style so quickly. Also, high heat can cause frizz by burning your hairs’ outside cuticle layer which will create a peeling effect. The less frizz you make- the less you have to work to manage it.
  6. Try an at home hair mask of avocado or coconut oil to boost your hairs’ moisture content. If not, we love the Weightless Hydrating Masque from Moroccan Oil.¬†It improves elasticity, shine and manageability and only takes 7 minutes with no heat.

Hopefully these tips will have you feeling better about your hair during the winter freeze!

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Feel Empowered with Curls!

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One of the most challenging types  for the client to maintain every day is any hair with wave, frizz or curl. It is the driest type by nature, and is the most sensitive to humidity changes (which here in Seattle is a good deal of the time so this type is difficult to get a handle on.)

Here we will go over some helpful points to remember when taking care of your wavy or curly tresses-  male or female!

  • It is not necessary to shampoo every day or every other day:¬†Some of the best maintained curly hair is only washed once or twice a week. Why? Because your hair’s natural oils that secrete at the scalp or the best designed leave-in conditioner for your hair. If you wash too often, you are removing the oils and they do not get a chance to nourish through to the midshaft or ends. Instead, rinse your hair with very warm to hot water if you need to feel a little less “greasy.” This will help move the hair oils down the hair shaft where it can help to moisturize the dry ends. We highly recommend using a dry shampoo with a blowdryer if you feel extra greasy- we love Alterna Caviar’s Dry Shampoo that will help balance the oils at the scalp post workout or upon waking up in the morning.

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  • Use shampoos and conditioners without sulfates, excessive waxes or non-water soluble silicones.¬†The sulfates in cheaper shampoos are a salt that not only can fade your haircolor service but can exacerbate frizz and dryness. ¬†Specifically, avoid sodium lauryl sulfate as it is the cheapest detergent to put into a shampoo to create lather. Lather does not equate to clean and we recommend shampooing 2x in a row if you are only washing once a week.

Waxes ¬†and synthetic non water soluble silicones coat and build up on the hair. Although they can temporarily assist with frizz, it is not a long term solution. ¬†If you use these products it is necessary to detox or clarify the hair of buildup regularly as the hair will become weighed down, and difficult to style or color. If you have been using products with these ingredients- use Kevin Murphy’s Maxi Shampoo 3-4 times ¬†in a row to exfoliate the hair’s cuticle of buildup.

Specifically avoid any hair styling product with these in the first 4 ingredients: Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethiconol, Amodimethicone,  or Stearyl Dimethicone

  • Heat Style your Natural Style with Smarts:¬† If you aren’t air drying, once out of the shower use a wide tooth comb to detangle. Avoid brushing the hair at every stage- wet or dry it creates a general look of mass frizz.¬†Then, blot the hair with a towel and do not rub the hair. Apply your favorite leave-in product. We recommend Moroccan Oil Treatment Oil ¬†or Motion Lotion by Kevin Murphy (for Fine to Medium density hair) or Moroccan Oil ¬†and/or Curl Defining Cream (for Medium to Thick density hair.) ¬†Men specifically love Kevin Murphy’s Easy Rider because it uses shea butter to control curl with minimal hold and they apply it once the hair is 50% towel blotted.

You can “cocktail” products which means to mix them together in your hands and then apply to hair. Its like a special prescription of hair product! Sometimes a stylist will combine Moroccan Oil with the Defining Cream it just depends on the amount of control needed for the texture. ¬†¬†This will displace your curl less and avoid any¬†potential frizz.

Use a diffuser extension on your blowdryer on a medium to high heat setting but on a slower, less aggressive speed. The longer it takes your hair to dry the more control you have over how the curl/wave that is springing up. This will assist to minimize frizz as well as to showcase your texture! One great tip is to making small corkscrews with the hair all over the head and diffuse. Always let the hair sit inside the diffuser cup with minimal touching before turning it on. ¬†Once 85% dry wait 10-15 seconds for the section to cool and “set.” Then, finger separate or flip your head upside down briefly. ¬†Avoid trying to dry the hair completely as the frizz will inevitably manifest and ruin your style. Feel free to use a little more Oil or Cream near the root once dry to create control where you need it.

  • Once you’ve mastered these tips, make sure to ROCK IT! Accept and love your hair!

Your hair is special and although it is challenging- people around you covet your uniqueness. Bask in your hair’s glory!

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!!

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