Articles from ‘Fashion’

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Direct Dye Dilemmas

 

We’ve had an upsurge of clients coming in with trendy, vibrant hair colors in their hair, and wanting to remove them. The vibrant colors (like those in the image below) are direct dyes. It is not as easy as just applying one step and getting what you want (unfortunately we can do great things with hair -but there are limits.) The problem with semi permanents like these is they are not guaranteed to last for longer than 10 shampoos and may be less with pastel hues or on bleach damaged or compromised hair. Ironically, if you want to remove them they can be a real bother!

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Direct dyes do not require oxidation or developer for the color to stain the hair. In areas where the hair is¬†more porous, this type of color will show greater intensity. Caution must be exercised when utilizing a semi-permanent haircolor on porous hair; it can stain the hair¬†permanently.”¬†(From the American Board of Certified Colorists haircolorist.com)

 

Sometimes, using strong bleaches will make the direct dye go further into the hair shaft and lodge even more stubbornly inside the hair. There are ways to strategically fade or remove the direct dye but having it professionally done is COLOR CORRECTIVE.

(Color correction work includes working with removing artificial pigment, coloring hair with previous color history, or deepening or lightening more than 3 levels. )

There is NO GUARANTEE in removing direct dyes. It may take multiple sessions to achieve- it may even not be possible to completely remove without cutting it out. If its a blue, green, or teal-like hue, it can be VERY difficult to remove.  

If you want to help the fade along you can do the following:

  • Use dish or liquid ¬†laundry detergent with harsh sulfates to aggressively emulsify out the color
  • ¬†Add 50o mg of crushed Vitamin C and/or Baking Soda to your professional level sulfate free shampoo (leave on for 45 minutes and rinse+condition)
  • Soak your hair in bath salts for 40 minutes then shampoo and condition

If you are asking a stylist to remove it, we recommend asking for a mild bleach+ clarifying shampoo with Olaplex treatment at the shampoo bowl. That way you are removing the color mildly, with a little insurance against breakage. This can remove some of the color and then the remainder can be bleached out once 90% faded.

****If the above methods do not work****

-Take a break, and deep condition your hair twice a week before attempting to remove it again.

And remember…we may be able to do magic with haircolor, but we have no magic wand for every hair situation!

Hairstylists do their absolute best to counsel you on the risks of certain services as well as trying to make you happy…

Have more questions?

Book a color consultation with one of our independent hair designers at www.emersonsalon.com today!

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Salon Confessional #2

It seems our salon fans love hearing about the inside scoop from stylists within our salon-

so we are doing another SALON CONFESSIONAL!

 

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Why doesn’t my fashion color last past a month?

Many ladies are coming in wanting the trendy purple, teal, pale pinks, lilac or grey “granny hair.” What this entails is bleaching the hair to the lightest possible blond in order for a pastel shade to show up. This may mean that it cannot be achieved in one session depending on what history is already on your hair. Generally, pastel and vivid extreme colors are semi-permanent. Semi-permanents are direct dyes ¬†(meaning they sit on top of the hair) and last between 10-16 shampoos -but may be even less if it is a pastel shade. Pastels have no guaranteed longevity and are completely temporary. It is not the stylist’s “fault” if it doesn’t last as long as you would prefer. The nature of the service can be extremely damaging even on the healthiest of hair and can compromise the hairs’ ability to hold color in addition to the nature of the semi-permanent shade used to create the selected hue. Using appropriate sulfate free, professional level, color safe products assists in keeping the color but does not guarantee how long it will last.

Why is my hair so dry and damaged after I get highlights?

  • Bleach is an entirely different chemical process than coloring your hair. Bleach aggressively breaks up the hair’s pigment with chemical explosions and results in breaking apart the hair’s structure. Then, we can go in with a semi, demi or permanent color to create the tonality we wish to make that will assist also in holding the hair’s structure together. Hair can become frizzy and porous with the potential of breakage when bleached. Previously colored hair must be bleached in order for it to become lighter so if you have dark color on your hair, the only choice for a stylist is to use bleach.

Why are men’s haircut prices less than women’s longer hair prices?

  • ¬†One of our stylists, Michael Simons has great insight on this with his over 20 years ¬†of experience. “I tell clients that the amount of $ and time I put into training to execute women’s and longer haircuts is extensively more than for men’s shorter haircuts.” With men’s haircuts you are looking at a span of 4-6 weeks between cuts. With women a bad haircut could take years to grow out so the work entailed must be top notch.
  • D’Arcy, co-owner of Emerson Salon also adds,”I take into account the amount of time and product (shampoo, conditioner + styling product) used in the service. The more hair left on the head the higher the price of the haircut. Also, the price is also based on the training I received for the service. For example, I spent a few years learning advanced color knowledge and haircutting techniques. For men’s cutting I spent 4-6 months learning how to use clippers appropriately. “

What’s the biggest piece of advice for a client ¬†in your chair?

  • Michael Simons says that clients need to feel the liberty to speak up in the chair. “I take it as a compliment when people are able to tell me something they do not like about their cut or color in the chair. You trust me as a professional to take the feedback and try to rectify the problem.”
  • No stylist wants you to be unhappy with your hair. Creating a style you are satisfied with needs to come from a space that feels safe for you to communicate. Also, getting defensive about our work does not create long lasting clientele and most hair professionals are able to take the critique with poise and grace. So tell us how you really feel (respectfully of course!) We can handle it!

Have we dispelled some myths for you?

We hope so! We are here to make sure our clients understand what is entailed for their hair services at Emerson Salon. We always recommend researching a new style or hair color before embarking on a new look! Ask your stylist lots of questions in the consultation about pricing, recommended care and maintenance and get the best possible service for you and your budget.

Book with an Emerson Salon independent stylist through their profile today!

go to www.emersonsalon.com and select a stylist to book online!

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, MoroccanOil, 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 MoroccanOil’s team who showed us 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 13th, 2015

Mad Maxxin’

The long awaited Mad Max movie is coming out! It is called Mad Max: Fury Road and takes Mad Max on a journey  through the post-apocalyptic world with a band of women trying to escape a savage warlord. It stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Riley Keough and Zoe Kravitz. Performance artist and feminist, Eve Ensler, was brought on as consultant to make sure the George Miller based flick sincerely represented strong women in a major way.

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At Emerson Salon, we are fans of post-apocalyptic looks and think there are some fun hair inspirations to try from the movie. Here we talk about the fierce females’ hair look that rock out this film with unique and gritty style.

Here is Zoe Kravitz’s bold haircut (see left.) It is not a typical “pixie cut” as the texture and almost non existent bangs are disconnected to create a shattered effect. ¬†The shape is still tapered and rounded to the head shape and is most likely achieved with slide cutting or razoring work. Her high cheekbones and long neck really help create a dramatically angular look and helps to add to her character work in the film.

 

madmax2¬† ¬† Next up is Riley Keough as “Capable.” Her hair is a beautiful shade of vibrant auburn and styled in a messy, frizzy wave. If you have longer hair you can french braid your hair on either side of the hair when half damp with beach texturizer and allow to air dry or blow dry to create undulating waves with ease. Then release and rough up with your fingers once the braids are removed.

To achieve this hair color can be a simple one step process at a professional colorist if you have light hair or medium naturally occurring blond. If you have dark hair it might be necessary to lift or lighten the hair in order for the orange based color to show up vibrantly on your hair. Reds fade pretty quickly so make sure to review with your stylist how to best and maintain this high octane shade. We recommend using Color Proof or MoroccanOil brand Shampoos and Conditioners. TIP: Less shampooing means less fadage so make sure to stock up on dry shampoo!

We are so excited for this movie! Check out the trailer and info below!

Find out more here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392190

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Frolick With 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 – you 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 MoroccanOil Medium Hold or Alterna Caviar’s Working Spray, 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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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….

 

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!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Exciting Oscar’s Hair 2015

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We recently did a post about the conservative hair we recently saw on the Golden Globes Red Carpet. Now, we will point out the more daring looks of the Oscars parade of hair and gowns for the Academy Awards. We saw quite a bit of predictable hair but below we recount the ‘dos that excited us the most!

Our first prize for bold hair at the Oscars goes to Kelly Osbourne (left above.) She not only paired her recent shade of pale lilac with a great gown but she had a very interesting french twist on the center, top of her head. It was sleek and shiny and helped to seemingly elongate her height in the black high-low gown she chose.

Our second prize for bold hair goes to the inimitable Lady Gaga. She is known the world over for the beautiful lace front wigs she dons for press and performances and this is no exception. ¬†This wig’s color has a deep, ashy root subtly blended into a greyish platinum blond that is styled in loose waves. When trying to achieve similar looks to these we recommend a cocktail of Young.Again Immortelle Oil with Anti Gravity by Kevin Murphy. Apply to towel dried hair and blow dry 100% and then iron curl horizontally in big sections before using a boar bristle brush.

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We give honorable mentions to singer Rita Ora and actress Emma Stone. Rita has cropped her hair short and bleached and toned it a light, warm beige color. At the Golden Globes she wore her hair piece-y and funky but in this rendition she opted for a side part with a slick, wet look.  Very classic and refined comparatively to how we saw her new hair styled previously.

Emma has finally returned to the brilliant shade of deep copper red that we know and love her for after donning blond for the last couple years.  This shade of hair coupled with side pinning loose finger waves is perfect for pairing with her vintage inspired dress. Want your hair to stay like theirs? Use Session Spray by Kevin Murphy when finishing your style and it will hold all night whether you are relaxing or dancing the night away like the stars at the Oscar after parties!

Come meet ¬†with one of our awesome stylists and let them help you glow like these celebrities on the red carpet….Book with an independent Emerson stylist by clicking on their profile today!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

“Saturday Afternoon” Hair at the Golden Globes 2015

This past Sunday night we watched the Hollywood Foreign Press bring all the celebrities together to award the best in TV and film. Its considered a precursor to the Oscars and sometimes forecasts this years winners.

The¬†Golden Globes usually help us hair¬†stylists¬†to see how fashion’s trends then and now come together in an elegant affair and on the red carpet. It can also help us steer our clients towards newer styles all year long. Here we review what we saw!

Below you will see examples of medium, medium long and long length hair in one of ¬†the signature styles of the night that we call,”Saturday Afternoon.” It looks done but not over done and would be a great and versatile “day into night” style for the everywoman. It incorporates an off center part with a soft and relaxed swoop of the front and soft, extra loose waves .You can achieve this by using a mousse like Body Builder by Kevin Murphy when blow drying roots for lift with your fingers. With Anti-Gravity as a foundation blow dried into the mid shaft to ends, use a medium heat curling iron with 1.5″ barrel. Curl horizontally in large sections ¬†and release. Brush the curls ¬†with a cushion brush once cooled and spray with a flexible hairspray.

naomiAmy_Adamsreese¬† Unfortunately, we did not see a lot of brave hairstyles at this awards show. Maybe they are saving their A-game for the Oscars. Regardless, we found it difficult to be inspired by any other looks because of how simple they were. They did not take ANY style risks. Many women parted their hair in the middle with predictable beach waves (example: Gwyneth Paltrow ) or slicked the middle parted hair into a bun or ponytail (example: Kate Hudson). Katie Holmes even donned a super long extensions ponytail that didn’t quite satisfy as a hairstyle. (see all below)

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¬† ¬† ¬† We were inspired by two showings on the red carpet, do not fret! We are a big fan of reinventing the classic bob as it can be classed up or funked up. Rosemund Pike of “Gone Girl,” and Zosia Mamet of, “Girls,” (seen below) both reinterpreted the bob for this event. Rosemund opted for an inverted angle, sleek ¬†traight texture and deeply parted on the side. It says chic and sophisticated and abandons the standard long hair known so well to the celebrity set. Zosia took the interpretation to color and sported a unique “grey beige” tone that refines the overtoned smoky¬†blond look into a cultivated style. ¬†She then combined it with a little “Saturday Afternoon” wave on the ends and created an accessible style with some funk. A great product to style hair with to achieve this look while also conditioning your hair simultaneously is Young.Again by Kevin Murphy. Its a weightless leave-in treatment oil infused with Immortelle to counteract the oxidization and ageing process.

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Although we did not see any courageous moves now, we still look forward to the upcoming awards season. Maybe the stylists in Hollywood have some secrets in their back pocket for later we do not know about!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Ladies Of Mischief

At Emerson Salon, if you walk in to our front area you might notice some cool decorations of clock gears as well as nice, dark colored bureaus for stylist stations. This is part of our “steampunk,” theme. What is steampunk you ask?

“Steampunk is characterized by a setting in which steam power predominates as the energy source for industrial technologies, inspired by the 19th century………. Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in this era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, ….” (excerpted from Wikipedia)

In the same guise, a very talented group of knitters and crocheters named, “The Ladies of Mischief,” have created a steampunk yarn pattern and photography book that not only shows their abilities but also creativity. They also included snippets about their ladies’ imagined biographies and writings.


D’Arcy (of D’Arcy Hair Design at Emerson Salon) assisted this talented crew with the highly stylized hair required for such an endeavor! This book has been 2 years in the making and we are so proud to share it with you! To peruse or buy go to: http://www.cooperativepress.com/shop/needles-and-artifice/

For more info on D’Arcy’s portfolio work, go to www.darcyhairdesign.com